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A bit of interesting information about the CIA and some of their weirder plans It was just an ok read for me. Nuking The Moon was an entertaining book about various military and intelligence plans that never got off the drawing board Most of the schemes discussed fell into the categories of too expensive or ridiculous Houghton writes about CIA plans to use housecats as listening devices, unsupervised nuclear weapons floating out at sea, and spray painting foxes in dayglo colors to scare the Japanese people At times, this book runs the gamut of frightening and hilarious. Spook history from a spook historianSome very laughable moments when one realizes the full potential of our clandestine overseers incompetence Houghton s humor was not for me but made for an easier and informal read It would ve beenenjoyable for me if it weren t for his giddiness for spies and arms, and his random tangents on Russian collusion and climate change One can wholeheartedly feel the intelligence agencies input in this production and I should have figured that going into i Spook history from a spook historianSome very laughable moments when one realizes the full potential of our clandestine overseers incompetence Houghton s humor was not for me but made for an easier and informal read It would ve beenenjoyable for me if it weren t for his giddiness for spies and arms, and his random tangents on Russian collusion and climate change One can wholeheartedly feel the intelligence agencies input in this production and I should have figured that going into it This book is of some interest to those interested in science, the cold war, espionage, or historical oddities However, it could have been a better book than it is if the author hadn t tried quite so hard to be so cute I actually struggle to categorize the writing in this book Some people call it dumbing down but I don t think it s that Rather, it is the kind of writing that is trying too hard to reach people who otherwise hate to read by throwing in all kinds of snarky comments, pop cu This book is of some interest to those interested in science, the cold war, espionage, or historical oddities However, it could have been a better book than it is if the author hadn t tried quite so hard to be so cute I actually struggle to categorize the writing in this book Some people call it dumbing down but I don t think it s that Rather, it is the kind of writing that is trying too hard to reach people who otherwise hate to read by throwing in all kinds of snarky comments, pop culture references, and other efforts at lightening the mood I d include an example, but it would be too much work to transcribe and not really worth the effort Perhaps I am a snob on this, and certainly I am persnickety, but I just loathe this kind of effort to win readers by appealing to what I think is the lowest common denominator type of intellectual referent I think there are plenty of authors out there who write very accessibly, do not engage in such low brow tricks, and yet who are avidly followed by hordes of readers As a case in point, the highly accessible and thrilling book BLIND MAN S BLUFF, which relates some of the hidden history of Cold War US submarine operations, is very straightforwardly written and is readable and popular Luckily this volume was a short read, and I do wish it had been better The International Spy Museum s Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions, schemes, and weapons that were planned, but ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or even certifiably insaneIn , the US Air Force nuked the moon as a show of military might In , the CIA implanted recording devices in live cats and sent them into Russia as spies In , the British built an aircraft carrier made of ice and sawdust, impervious to German torpedoes Of course, none of these things ever happenedBut in Nuking the Moon, intelligence historian Vincent Houghton shows us that what didn t happen is just as illuminating, and every bit as engrossing WWII and the Cold War were periods of desperation and innovation, a combination that led to brilliant missions and technological advances But for every Argo or Operation Mincemeat, there were countless abandoned plans Some are laughable, like the US Navy s plan to train pigeons to pilot missiles some are implausible, like the Kennedy administration s plan to build a command center , feet underground and some are legitimately terrifying, like the cornucopia of US plans to justify attacking Cuba Through extensive archival research and expert interviews, Vincent Houghton has dug up than thirty of these fascinating abandoned plans, and recounts the story behind each one in vivid, captivating detail, revealing not only what might have happened, but also what each one tells us about the history and people around it The first ever book to bring these historical episodes together, this wholly original work alternatively terrifying and hilarious, but always riveting is the unique story of history left on the drawing board A whole bunch of really, really bad ideas and a few interesting ones that just didn t work out are explored in this book of failures From exploding bats, to giant space mirrors, to the titular nuking of the Moon, Dr Vince Houghton takes us on a guided tour through the drawing boards and frighteningly the test sites of some strange ideas For History and tech buffs, this one is a must read But it s also just fun and scary if you want good stories well told Dr Houghton s style is conver A whole bunch of really, really bad ideas and a few interesting ones that just didn t work out are explored in this book of failures From exploding bats, to giant space mirrors, to the titular nuking of the Moon, Dr Vince Houghton takes us on a guided tour through the drawing boards and frighteningly the test sites of some strange ideas For History and tech buffs, this one is a must read But it s also just fun and scary if you want good stories well told Dr Houghton s style is conversational and filled with humor I actually know Vince, and the book reads just like he talks, which is great, because he s an excellent storyteller He doesn t drown you in technobabble He doesn t talk down to you or past you You don t need to be an expert to get it.You ll recognize some of the names of folks who get wrapped up in these bad ideas You ll remember a few of the headlines that came from themat least the ones that made a public splash A few ideas werevictims of timing than of conception, but many should never have been considered, and certainly not funded for any amount of time I can t promise this book will help you sleep better, cause you know bad ideas are still out there What a marvelous dinner guest Mr Houghton must be This book was highly informative written in a witty, down to earth manner I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway shortly after paying my taxes had to laugh at the follies financed by my sweat blood I actually prefer having my money go toward such lunacy than to our corrupt mayor who is running the city into debt while collecting 200K year for a 2 hour consultation from a bank or our useless governor with the voice but not the c What a marvelous dinner guest Mr Houghton must be This book was highly informative written in a witty, down to earth manner I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway shortly after paying my taxes had to laugh at the follies financed by my sweat blood I actually prefer having my money go toward such lunacy than to our corrupt mayor who is running the city into debt while collecting 200K year for a 2 hour consultation from a bank or our useless governor with the voice but not the charisma of Kermit the Frog This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 4.0 of 5Who doesn t like reading about secret government plots and massively ridiculous ideas that were once seriously considered Well, if you don t, then just move on as this clearly isn t for you But if the idea of reading about stupid, top secret government plans puts an evil grin on your face, then consider this Whether it s the CIA s plan to implant live cats with listening devices and releasing those cats in Russia becau This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 4.0 of 5Who doesn t like reading about secret government plots and massively ridiculous ideas that were once seriously considered Well, if you don t, then just move on as this clearly isn t for you But if the idea of reading about stupid, top secret government plans puts an evil grin on your face, then consider this Whether it s the CIA s plan to implant live cats with listening devices and releasing those cats in Russia because, well, top level Russian figures just love to have stray cats sit on their laps while they discuss their plans to conquer America, right or actually detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon because, ah, because the Russians were reportedly planning to do it, so we needed to do it too, and the resulting mushroom cloud would be impressive, right Umno You actually need an atmosphere to form a mushroom cloud author Vince Houghton has pulled together a delicious collection of wacky ideas from the government archives that have been declassified.On the surface, most of these ideas seem reasonable okay maybe not sending cats as spies I mean, I can see the government brain trust sitting around coming up with ideas that are off the wall because they hoped no one else would suspect them for being anything other than what they appear to be But where this book is most interesting is that we would like to believe that people are smart enough to recognize a stupid idea and not actually spend the time and money on a stupid idea.One of my favorites was the idea, repeatedly tested , was the idea of attaching bombs to the backs of bats The man behind the idea was convinced his idea was still better than what the government eventually went with dropping nuclear bombs on Japan and would have brought about an end to the war with fewer civilian deaths.There are quite a few ridiculous ideas here and Houghton s writing style is easy, relaxed, and quite personable, addressing the reader directly and making some fun, snide, sarcastic remarks along the way.This isn t really the sort of book one just sits and reads from cover to cover though you could Each chapter is its own story segment and so for me it s the sort of book I would pick up between novels and read a chapter or two Or perhaps as a bathroom reader However you read this, it s a lot of stupid fun.Ohand one of the brains behind nuking the moon Someone most of us will recognize as a very brilliant man.Looking for a good book Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton is a delicious look at brilliant stupidity.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, though Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review Imagine you ve just wandered into the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC You run into the museum s historian in the hallway, and for some reason he opens up to you In the coffee shop downstairs, he starts telling you about all the crazy stuff that never made it off the drawing board at the CIA and the Pentagon And it s hard not to listen, because he speaks in a breezy, conversational style, and he s often funny These are comic misadventures that are sometimes, well, comic And that s Imagine you ve just wandered into the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC You run into the museum s historian in the hallway, and for some reason he opens up to you In the coffee shop downstairs, he starts telling you about all the crazy stuff that never made it off the drawing board at the CIA and the Pentagon And it s hard not to listen, because he speaks in a breezy, conversational style, and he s often funny These are comic misadventures that are sometimes, well, comic And that s exactly what you ll find when you open up Nuking the Moon The author is Vince Houghton, and, yes, he s the museum s historian and curator.Now, that s actually Dr Houghton He holds a PhD in Diplomatic and Military History from the University of Maryland He s an Army veteran besides But there s nothing in Nuking the Moon that s suggestive of Pentagon bureaucracy or wooden academic jargon Houghton relates a long list of cockamamie schemes some of them silly, even downright stupid, and some dangerous beyond belief that ostensibly serious and intelligent men it was almost always men dreamed up in the name of national security over the past three quarters of a century As the author explains, Most history books are full of stories of things that happened this is a history book full of stories behind things that didn t happen The comic misadventures in national security that you never heard aboutAlong the way in this recitation of comic misadventures, you ll meet a smattering of name brand individuals Ronald Reagan, Edward Teller, Werner von Braun, and Carl Sagan, as well as others who were equally accomplished but less well known And every one of them at some point in his storied career got behind some unbelievably stupid and usually expensive plan to do something like embedding a listening device in a cat or exploding a nuclear weapon on the moon The CIA actually field tested what they called Acoustic Kitty it got run over by a car and that nuke was never rocketed to the moon because the Cold War ended Yes, as Houghton notes, all of these stories should have you saying, What were they thinking And believe me, you ll be saying that Audiobook The is the old adage that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction This is also the thought that governments all have incredibly hair brained schemes they are working on in secret that most in the general population would not believe could ever come to fruition This book is a catalog of many of those type of schemes, some of which triggered extensive research and expenditure of billions of dollars This work mainly covers World War II and the Cold War Another cliche that applies t Audiobook The is the old adage that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction This is also the thought that governments all have incredibly hair brained schemes they are working on in secret that most in the general population would not believe could ever come to fruition This book is a catalog of many of those type of schemes, some of which triggered extensive research and expenditure of billions of dollars This work mainly covers World War II and the Cold War Another cliche that applies to this book is that desperate times call for desperate measures For the US, those two events were perhaps the most desperate times for the country, and no idea was too looney or absurd to dismiss Everything from using house cats as eavesdropping assets to nuking the moon to prove American superiority is discussed in great detail in this work It is both funny and scary what is discussed Some of these things I had heard about, but others, I had not Of note, I read this book right as Hurricane Dorian is hitting the US East Coast The past few days have generate headlines about the use of nuclear weapons against hurricanes Yes, this book was published long before now, but it does go into great detail about just such plans of using nuclear weapons detonated into hurricanes It was never fully implemented due to cost and resources multiple nuclear detonations inside of storm to even consider making an impact The author throws in a lot of humor and snark in his writing, and the reader conveys that The various Florida jokes don t hurt either Worth a read at least once, whether audiobook or hard e copy Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board


About the Author: Vince Houghton

Vince Houghton is the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC He is also the host and creative director of the Museum s podcast, SpyCast, which reaches a national and international audience of over 2.5 million listeners each year He is a veteran of the US army and served in the Balkans before receiving his Masters and PhD in Diplomatic and Military History from the University of Maryland He has appeared on CNN, NBC News, Fox News, NPR and other major outlets as an expert in intelligence history.


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