The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Book - 2004
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In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known accepted military practice -- and indeed, the laws of physics -- they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them.Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.With firsthand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades and shows how they are alive today within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in postwar Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners of war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the U.S. military associated with the mysterious mass suicide of a strange cult from San Diego?The Men Who Stare at Goatsanswers these and many more questions.Ronson'sThem: Adventures with Extremists,a highly acclaimed international bestseller, examined the paranoia at the fringes of hate-filled extremist movements around the globe.The Men Who Stare at Goatsreveals extraordinary and very nutty military secrets at the core of George W. Bush's War on Terror.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743241922
Branch Call Number: 355.343 R77m
Characteristics: 259 p. : ill. ; 23 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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