The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • by Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by Jon Ronson
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
The Men Who Stare at Goats reveals extraordinary - and very nutty - national secrets at the core of George W. Bush's War on Terror. With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades, and sees how it is alive today within US Homeland Security and post-war Iraq.
Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners-of-war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 de-bleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces command centre at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the US 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.
Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many best-selling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.


What the Critics Say

"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)
"Simultaneously frightening and hilarious." (The Times)"


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Customer Reviews

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Nothing like the movie

I liked the movie, but I now know quite a bit about remote viewing, I'd avoided the book as I didn't want to be cross at Jon Ronson. However this came up as a daily deal and I bit.
Actually it's very entertaining and if you have more knowledge from elsewhere about the psychic spy program, it's more meaningful, knowing the names and reference points.
Jon Ronson's treatment of it is sympathetic with a side of excited, curious schoolboy in the way that he does. I really enjoyed it and it's actually an accessible way for people to become interested in what is undoubtedly something very real and that they really should explore more about.
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- Tanika


Great book love jons narration. Both humourous and troubling. Jon seems to have a really effective journalistic style.
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- Conrad "interezzlerevizzle"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-05-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios