The Men Who Stare At Goats 

Despite the fact that it begins, “This is a true story,” it’s often easy to think that Jon Ronson made things up. The Men Who Stare At Goats is about the US government’s forays into parapsychology. From a general who tries to walk through walls, to experiments in killing goats by thoughts, to remote viewers trying to predict the next terrorist attack, it’s full of things that couldn’t really be true — and if they were, surely they wouldn’t be telling a journalist. But as near as I could tell by a little googling, none of it’s made up. And it may get us a little closer to the truth behind Abu Ghraib and the CIA’s experiments with LSD. Interesting stuff that never quite dips into paranoia, and is an easy read. I kept thinking Tim Powers would have a field day with it. 

Posted: Wed - December 27, 2006 at 09:50 PM