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The Men Who Stare at Goats | [Jon Ronson]

The Men Who Stare at Goats

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Britain's funniest and most insightful satirist reveals extraordinary military secrets at the core of George W. Bush's War on Terror.

Entertaining and alarming in equal parts, this is a true account of the US military's experimentation with the supernatural.

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - 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. 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.

©2004 Jon Ronson; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Simultaneously frightening and hilarious." (The Times)
"Few more earnest investigative journalists would have had the brilliant bloody-mindedness to get what he has got and hardly any would have the wit to present it with as much clarity." (The Observer)
"A hilarious and unsettling book." (Boston Globe)

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    K. W. Moberg 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty much a waste of time"

    I thought it had possibilities when I started, but kept waiting for a story line to emerge.

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    Elise 04-14-15
    Elise 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story not very good reader"

    Very fascinating information but hard to keep track of each person in the story because the narrator uses the same tone for everyone. Would recommend having it redone by someone else. Would love it is someone from 60 minutes read it.

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    M. Monty 04-08-15
    M. Monty 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Intriguing Views of How The Goverment Thinks"

    We expect the government to utilize all aspects of exploring to develop "new" ways to stay ahead of others. This book opens thoughts into areas you may have never expected. Bit, based on what we are given in sci-fi movies, books, and tv; it's not hard to fathom the thought of how possible it really occurred or occurs.

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    Margaret A. Lopez & Jennie C Lopez 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh, not bad but not great"

    not bad, but freaky knowing there's psychic soilders out in the world. I did enjoy the movie more. he's writing trails off sometimes.

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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-10-15
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2011

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    "An interesting read"

    This book was a story about the military attempt to use psychics as a resource for both intelligence and coercion. It made a interesting read. Although, I didn't see the movie, I wanted to rad the book. It's melding of actual facts overlaid with psychic drama and mental manipulation was unique.

    The mind is a strange and wonderful thing...

    Maybe I'll watch the movie.

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    dozer644 03-03-15
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    "Kill me now"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Gullible nutters.


    What was most disappointing about Jon Ronson’s story?

    In addition to the complete level of bologna, the book jumps all over the place. Is there a point to any of this? I can't take it anymore.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Mangan’s performance?

    Voice droned on and on. No excitement in the story at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Men Who Stare at Goats?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    This is the worst book I've ever listened to. I'd rather listen to hours of commercials on the radio.

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    good narrator
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    infuriating..tax dollars being spent .and that douche bag hurting hamsters

    i have listened to coast to coast am
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    to hear about ed dames

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    Viktor 02-23-15
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    "Very entertaining"

    Gave me many laughs and had me transfixed by the story and superb portraits of these fascinating people.

    I dont know what all the nagging about the narrator is about, he doesnt deserve it! he might seem a little akward at first but he really adds a surreal dimension to the story and it's characters.

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    Brittany 02-22-15
    Brittany 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great read. I couldn't stop listening. Totally different perspective than other books that I have read. I recommend it for those interested in government history.

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    Masonic Prince 01-13-15
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    "Holy Shit!"

    The new Roman empire has returned. If only vaguely true this journey into secrecy, military intelligence & a possibly assassinated C.I.A. scientist is hard to believe tale.

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