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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Ronson Narrator: Sean Mangan Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/19/2014

    " A journey through the stranger wings of military intelligence, beginning in light territory with the First Earth Battalion and eventually progressing into darker and graver experiments, going back to MK-ULTRA and forward to the Iraq War. Breezy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 2/10/2014

    " I had heard of this book, and other studies like it. Heard it was being made into a movie with Geo. Clooney. Thought I should read it first. I dont know what they will do with this to make it into a good movie. I thought it was below average in keeping my interest. I can see that a certain type of reader might find it very interesting, but it just didnt do it for me. As I raise goats, for 4H and for milk, I try to read anything that has to do with goats. This unfortunately was not so much about the goat staring as the men and the programs that did the staring. Unusual... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/5/2014

    " Fascinating tale - well worth reading even if you've seen the movie as the dark, disturbing applications non-lethal approaches is explored more fully and with greater currency "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian | 1/24/2014

    " Total bonkeryness. And all true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denae | 1/22/2014

    " I laughed. I nearly cried. I laughed until I cried. Brilliant, funny, insightful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zina | 1/16/2014

    " i read this book on a plane in its entirety; this is a very entertaining read. and strange...this is a very strange read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/10/2014

    " I always enjoy Jon Ronson - whether it be his pieces on This American Life, his first book "Them," or this book. As far as what he does uncover goes - what exactly does it mean that the DoD is willing to do anything - no matter how ridiculous - to further America's military goals? Should we be happy that they're doing everything possible and impossible to protect us or bemoaning the fact that they're wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on nutcases such as those described in this slim volume? Regardless, the way he presents himself as a Brit nebbish caught up in a testosterone-poisoned environment kept me chuckling throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 12/30/2013

    " I got through this book okay, but I think what most people would find hilarious about it I just found to be really sad and depressing that it's actually real and that it happened and that our nation's logic is so broken. Maybe I was just in the wrong mindspace for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/21/2013

    " It was very interesting but very graphic. The militarty's use of funds is quite the joke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 12/18/2013

    " Very interesting for sure! Military spy secrets that will blow your mind! Strange stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Aplin | 12/6/2013

    " Interesting but kind of pointless. It started out amusing and entertaining but ended up falling flat since there was no real round up or ending. It just kind of ended. Still an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 11/12/2013

    " Fascinating, but ultimately kind of depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Col | 10/26/2013

    " The eponymous short story is by far the best in the collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cohee4 | 10/25/2013

    " Good book about new interrogation techniques being use in Iraq. As always Ronson makes you think "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Fricker | 7/12/2013

    " Slightly depressing insight into what can only be described as insanity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanita | 5/29/2013

    " I recommend seeing the movie first and then reading the book. The movie summarizes this book quite nicely into one story, and the book provides a more in-depth look at different elements of the screen-play. Interesting and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bader | 5/27/2012

    " I've enjoyed Mr. Ronson's style given that I've read The Psychopath test however I felt that (though brilliant) the book is somewhat chaotic. Nevertheless a great read and a page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Green | 3/4/2012

    " I could not believe what i was reading! I read this book very quickly, because i was waiting for it to all be a joke or a dream. I am still thinking about it! Great book! Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 g026r | 2/8/2012

    " Less focused and less satisfying than Them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/9/2012

    " Two words .... boring .... terribly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 1/1/2012

    " Pseudo journalism at its finest. All in all, whether the story is true or not doesn't matter because it is highly entertaining either way. I read it in a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/7/2011

    " So crazy... but what if it is true? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan Shook | 9/29/2011

    " Just not my cup of tea, didn't get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Brown | 8/15/2011

    " Wonderful. Ronson delves into the oddest things and people. He's a good-humored writer, not a sneering one. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kai | 6/19/2011

    " Interesting book discussing the US army's investigations into the supernatural. Mainly this aim of stopping a goats heart just by staring at it. Written by a journalist and at the edge of whether you believe it or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 4/27/2011

    " I knew the Netflix was in the mail and i wanted to read it before I saw the movie. If any of it is true, it's really scary what our military has been spending our money on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/9/2011

    " A very interesting book filled with *unusual* non-fictional characters. I'm not sure if I'm more amused or unsettled by the content. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon | 4/7/2011

    " I'm conflicted. This is the sort of stuff I really like reading about, but the book felt meandering and without much of a point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/26/2011

    " Hysterical! ...And I'm not sure how much was fact, how much was fiction, but certain things in the book I do personally remember from the news & the internet in years gone by. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 2/24/2011

    " See the movie--pls don t waste your time reading the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick J. | 2/12/2011

    " Another really fun book from Jon Ronson. Writing about crazy people/situations are his forte and it shows in this book. I wish more of his books were available in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/28/2011

    " It was very interesting but very graphic. The militarty's use of funds is quite the joke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Korbinian | 1/23/2011

    " Ich habe dieses Buch im Zuge eines Referats über Jon Ronson gelesen und war begeistert. Da ich mich schon immer ein wenig für paranormales und seltsames interessiert hat, war es ein unglaubliches Leseerlebnis. Wer ein bisschen nachforscht sieht schnell dass viel Wahres in diesem Buch steckt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 xdillix | 1/15/2011

    " Classico esempio di film migliore del libro; va bene che perseguono scopi diversi, ma il film era brilliant, divertente, commovente e pazzerellone, questo qui in casi normali non l'avrei nemmeno aperto : ( "

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