The Men Who Stare at Goats

Ronson, Jon

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Men Who Stare at Goats
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.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,, 2009, ©2004
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
ISBN: 1439181772
Branch Call Number: 355.3434 Ro
Characteristics: 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Nov 26, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quote: /// Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? \\\ from the description and book [actually, they are used for training Special Forces medics]. This is a good book about really corrupt stuff using zany stuff as a cover, for those in the know. Interconnected to the same Scientology bull going on during that time at SRI. [One of their so-called physicists, and Scientologists {???} stated, /// If you can PK {Pschokineses, or mind over matter control} a piece of dust, why not PK a star?\\\ Because of orders of energy output, you moron, assuming such were even possible?!?!?] And what has all that so-called Remote Viewing afforded us????? [These dudes actually referred to themselves as Jedi Masters???]

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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