Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Men Who Stare at Goats
I picked up this book because I had been hearing good things about the author's new book, The Psychopath Test. I knew this had been made into a movie starring George Clooney but I had heard pretty much nothing about that. George Clooney and zero fanfare? That seemed unusual. So I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I picked this book up.
A big ole mess of nonsense is what I got into. The book is sort of about the U.S. military trying to use psychic powers. Ronson tracks down lots of people, most of whom deny or point in the other direction. There's not a whole lot of facts. Certainly not much in the way of paper trail and no smoking guns, dead bodies, or anything else resembling something one would call proof. Maybe the most solid portion is about psychological tactics used at Guantanamo Bay. That at least seems believable given what has come to light over the years.
The book is all over the place making me wonder how on earth this was turned into a movie (a question that does not make me curious enough to watch the movie).
While reading this I also saw Ronson interviewed on The Daily Show. Wasn't impressed there. Wasn't impressed with this book. Won't be reading The Psychopath Test.