Monday, November 2, 2009

The Men Who Stare At Goats - Book & Film

Jon Ronson at the beginning of his book states his inexorable view that this book is a true story!! But then who wouldnt put pass what goes on within the secret enclaves of the mighty US Military!!

The Men Who Stare At Goats
- by Jon Ronson

"Revealing hilarious - and at times worrying - insights into the inner workings of the US Army, this book looks at the general who believed he could walk through walls with the correct mental attitude, and soldiers who similarly believed that they could make a goat's heart stop simply by staring at it." (Review by Angus & Roberston)

Powell's Books website review of Ronson's novel - "Ronson's investigation into the government's peculiar past doings creeps into the present — and into Iraq — it will raise goose bumps"...... "One technique involves subjecting prisoners to 24 hours of Barney the Purple Dinosaur's song, 'I Love You"

The Men Who Stare at Goats - Movie

"A serendipitous marriage of talent in which all hearts seem to beat as one, "The Men Who Stare at Goats" takes Jon Ronson's book about "the apparent madness at the heart of U.S. military intelligence" and fashions a superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game. Recalling many similar pics, from "Dr. Strangelove" to "Three Kings," and the screwy so-insane-it-could-be-true illogic of "Catch-22," this is upscale liberal movie-making with a populist touch, in Coen brothers style." - Variety Review

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