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The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
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Mar 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, journalism
Read in March, 2011

The US Armed Forces and CIA and anyone who's anyone begin "believing in very strange things." Because the things are so strange and Jon Ronson is such a great comic writer, I LOL'd. On the other hand, the CIA are rarely more than 3 feet from torture and so I had to put on my serious face for a bit.

The book is, on the whole, a bit of a patchwork affair of various stories and half-heard truths. Ronson gives his wacky interviewees enough rope to hang themselves and then moves on to the next link he's given, it's really a lot of fun. He's successful in showing some of the connections and cross-pollinations between the lunatic fringes he interviews and the cutting-edge/upper-echelon torturers out there. That said, even I don't think "the use of loud music" is quite the clincher he makes it out to be.
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