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Men Who Stare At Goats – first Ross book club pick


the-men-who-stare-at-goats1Jonathan Ross’ Twitter-based book club (#wossybookclub) has caused major demand for Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats book from 2005. From surfing around Twitter, it would appear that many bookshops have run out of stock.

AbeBooks.co.uk has many secondhand and new copies but I’m sure they’ll shift pretty quickly.

Ronson’s book is an investigation into the extremes of the psychological warfare used by US Special Forces. It examines the use of the Barney the Dinosaur theme tune, the ultimate torture tactic, on Iraqi prisoners-of-war among other things.

Apparently, future recommendations include Rutu Modan’s graphic novel about a Tel Aviv taxi driver, Exit Wounds, Shalom Auslander’s memoir Foreskin’s Lament, and Leaves of Grass by American poet Walt Whitman.

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