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A new book about Area 51 lets you know what really happens there…or does it?

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Annie Jacobsen supports yet another myth about Area 51. Is she correct?

What’s going on at Area 51? Some people think the U.S. government is storing and testing alien spacecraft there. Some think the moon landing was filmed there. Other say the military base was constructed simply to test airplanes and weapons.

But what if everybody’s wrong?

That’s what LA Times contributing editor Annie Jacobsen says in her new 500-page book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base.

More specifically, Jacobsen says that Area 51 was developed to house a Soviet aircraft that contained genetically and surgically altered teens.

Yes, you read that right.

Jacobsen says Joseph Stalin oversaw a program that made teenagers look, essentially, like aliens. Huge heads, huge eyes—that sort of thing. Jacobsen says the Soviet Union did it to scare us.

It sounds crazy … but not implausible. After all, the Soviets saw how Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast threw our country into a panic. And the Soviets were surely familiar with the Nazis’ attempts at biological engineering. So perhaps they just connected the dots.

That’s Jacobsen’s story, at least. “This book is a work of nonfiction,” the book jacket reads. “The stories I tell in this narrative are real.”

Whether you believe Jacobsen or not, you can’t deny that her book is already making splashes. Immediately after its release, it shot near the top of the Amazon bestseller list, where it’s currently racking up a slew of five-star reviews.

Of course, many of those raves are probably coming from CIA agents and aliens, who want you to read the book to pacify your curiosity about what really goes on at Area 51. They don’t want you to know the real, real truth …

I’ve said too much. Where’s my neuralizer?

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