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    DescriptionIn 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known 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. They were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting George Bush's War on Terror. Often funny, sometimes chilling and always thought-provoking, The Men Who Stare at Goats is a story so unbelievable it has to be true.


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    Title
    The Men Who Stare at Goats
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Ronson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330375481
    ISBN 10: 0330375482
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.0
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    BIC E4L: HUM
    BISAC V2.8: SOC058000, HUM006000, OCC018000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 355.00207
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    01 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of three bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Psychopath Test, and three collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness, and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. He lives in London and New York City.
    Review quote
    'Not only a narcotic road trip through the wackier reaches of Bush's war effort, but also an unmissable account of the insanity that has lately been done in our names' Observer 'Funny and gravely serious, what emerges is a world shrouded in secrecy, mystery and wackiness, where Warrior Monks and psychic spies battle it out for military thinking. Mind-blowing stuff' Metro
    Review text
    British journalist (Them, 2001) and documentary filmmaker Ronson digs into the various psychic operations of the U.S. armed forces, from their origins in Vietnam to their uses today. In 1979, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon created the First Earth Battalion Operations Manual, expressing the visionary position that soldiers of the future would, among other things, "fall in love with everyone, . . . bend metal with their minds, walk on fire, [and] calculate faster than a computer." The Army, eager for a new kind of fighter, bought into it, and Ronson now traces the circuitous routes of men who have since attempted to bring the super-soldier into being. The writer's sources are a mix of ranking military men and fringe characters attracted by the idea of psychic doings. Former U.S. Army Chief of Intelligence, Major General Albert Stubblebine III, who held his post in the early '80s, recalls his frustrated efforts to get the Special Forces to adopt Channon's strategies; Special Forces reps failed to disclose that they already had their own psychic division up and running. Stubblebine's protege in things psychic, Major Ed Dames, has long been a public face of PSYOPS (psychic operations), principally through his appearances on the same syndicated radio program whose reporting on the Hale-Bopp comet prompted the Heaven's Gate cult members to kill themselves in the hopes of catching a ride. In his quest into the realms of the weird, Ronson has turned up any number of eerily credible tales: just for starters, there's murder by the CIA; current torture schemes in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay (some involve playing Fleetwood Mac in prisoners' cells), and a man who claims to be able to stop a hamster's heart by staring at it. Very funny, and packed with oddities. If Ronson doesn't manage to expose this official hall of mirrors entirely, he still makes an admirable effort, entertaining and alarming in equal parts. (Kirkus Reviews)