The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: Simon & Schuster trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9781439181775
Branch Call Number: 355.3434 RONSON J
Characteristics: 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Sep 24, 2016

Jon Ronson is a bloody mad man willing to research the most interesting topics. He will go from telling a Grand Wizard of the KKK to the head of intelligence for US Army to shove it up his jacksy. Throughout this book I once again realized why I became a social worker and not a soldier. I do not deal well with pain or super jocks who like to wrassle to prove their virility. I'm more like a nebbishy nerd who would rather read than inflict PSYOPS, physical torture and kill people in the name of freedom. However I would like to get down on the Jedi Warrior program. I am pretty sure I could cloud burst and drop goats with my mind already and growing up taking mail order ninja classes I have mastered invisibility.

Nov 25, 2014

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???]

redban Sep 23, 2014

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!

JCLKimG Oct 04, 2013

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.

rongillmore Jan 23, 2013

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

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

hippyheart Aug 09, 2010

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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