The Men who Stare at Goats

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Political Science - 259 pages
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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 Goats answers these and many more questions.

Ronson's Them: 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 Goats reveals extraordinary and very nutty military secrets at the core of George W. Bush's War on Terror.

  

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I enjoy Jon Ronson's writing. After The Psychopath Test this is the second of his books I've tried and I'm enchanted by his peculiar narrative. Like Bill Bryson or Louis Theroux, Ronson tells it more ... Read full review

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I had seen the film and was curious to see if the book went much beyond the movie. It turns out that the movie is loosely based on the book. The setup is that these are the edited papers and reports ... Read full review

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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. His written works include Them: Adventures with Extremists, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales, and The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. The Men Who Stare at Goats was made into a motion picture starring George Clooney in 2009.

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