The Men Who Stare at Goats

Ronson, Jon (Book - 2009)
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The Men Who Stare at Goats
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Bizarre military history: In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and-perhaps most chillingly-kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back-and they're fighting the War on Terror. An uproarious exploration of American military paranoia: With investigations ranging from the mysterious "Goat Lab," to Uri Geller's covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U.S. presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read-if only because it is all true and is still happening today.
Authors: Ronson, Jon, 1967-
Title: The men who stare at goats
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009, c2004
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 259 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Notes: Movie-tie-in edition with front cover replicating the movie poster
Originally published: Great Britain : Picador, 2004
Contents: The general
Goat lab
The first earth battalion
Into the heart of the goat
Homeland security
The purple dinosaur
The predator
The dark side
A think tank
A haunted hotel
The frequencies
Some illustrations
The 1953 house
Harold's Club or bust!
The exit
ISBN: 1439181772
Branch Call Number: 355.3434 Ro
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Ronson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-259)
Subject Headings: Occultism Animals War use Parapsychology Military aspects Psychological warfare History 21st century Psychological warfare History 20th century
Topical Term: Occultism
Psychological warfare
Psychological warfare
LCCN: 2005041263
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Sep 23, 2014
  • redban rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Most entertaining! Sure, Mr. Ronson does not write systematic reviews, but he counters with thoroughly engaging first-person insight. This is Gonzo journalism, know what you're in for, and enjoy the ride!

Oct 04, 2013
  • JCLKimG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is both a hilarious and depressing look at the zany, genius? experiments and tactics of the military. How can we walk through walls? Can we stare an enemy to death? I recommend this title for people who enjoy psychology, military tactics, comedies, and conspiracies. Looking for what to read next? Try The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry by Ronson.

Jan 23, 2013
  • rongillmore rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ronson looks at the nutbar wing of America's world domination and war machinery since WWII, inside the U.S. military and outside (including some graduates of the military who subsequently opened their own 'training schools'.

He also investigates the death of a scientist in 1953 who may have been involved with Operation Artichoke and MK-ULTRA.

While written in a wonky and slightly off-kilter manner, the author presents some seriously bizarre and cruel goings-on.

Oct 29, 2010
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

if you've seen the movie , this book will seem flat and boring.

Aug 10, 2010
  • hippyheart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It helps if you were around, or know much about, the time of the Vietnam war, flower power or Timothy Leary - although it is set in modern days. I'd like a copy of this for my very small collection. Brilliant.


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