The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon RonsonFrom the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So Youve Been Publicly Shamed.
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 werent joking. Whats more, theyre 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.
The Men Who Stare at Goats audiobook by Jon Ronson
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The film is a fictionalized version of Jon Ronson 's book of the same title of an investigation into attempts by the U. In a short prelude, U. Army General Hopgood is painfully thwarted in an attempt to pass paranormally through a solid wall by simply running into it. Seeking an escape, Bob flies to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War and to prove to his wife and himself that he is a man. However, he stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a retired U. Army unit training psychic spies or " Jedi Warriors" to develop a range of parapsychological skills including invisibility , remote viewing , and phasing.
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Army 's exploration of New Age concepts and the potential military applications of the paranormal. The title refers to attempts to kill goats by staring at them and stopping their hearts. The same title was used a third time for a loose feature film adaptation in The book's first five chapters examine the efforts of a handful of U. Army officers in the late s and early s to exploit paranormal phenomena, New Age philosophy, and elements of the human potential movement to enhance U.
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Digested watch: You could read the page book. Or watch the minute movie, out on DVD this week. Or, better still, just read Paul MacInnes's condensed screenplay. The US military's mad adventure in psychic warfare raises a chuckle, writes Philip French. A reporter thinks he's stumbled on the story of a lifetime when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit. Yesterday, the London film festival was over-run by foxes; today, it's goats, with the premiere of the film of Jon Ronson's book.