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.
Topics: Military, American Government, The CIA, Iraq War, Terrorism, Supernatural Powers, Black Humor, Informative, Investigative Journalism, United States of America, Iraq, Creative Nonfiction, Essays, and Made into a Movie
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our intrepid journalist friend goes off in search for the truth about some entertainingly kooky goings-on at various military bases in the US. turns out that after the trauma of Vietnam, some guys decided there had to be a better way to wage war, and one of them wrote a how-to manual for it. through convoluted applications of the theoretical "warrior-monk" practices, we end up with a soldier who believes he can stop a goat's heart (or a hamster's) just by staring at the creature; a general who routinely attempts to walk through walls ("the atoms are mostly made of just space, after all"); a high-ranking officer who claims on public access tv to be "the real obi-wan kenobi."
it's all fun and games until we get the hint that it's supposed to be funny, that the public fails to notice the actual horror of psychological warfare if we're all busy tee-hee-ing about how they used the barney "i love you, you love me" song to torture prisoners.
a quick-paced, entertaining and unsettling read, even if you're not a die-hard conspiracy junkie.more