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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 uniue story of history left on the drawing board. 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 200Kyear for a 2 hour consultation from a bank or our useless governor with the voice but not the charisma of Kermit the Frog

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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 1958 the US Air Force nuked the moon as a show of military might In 1967 the CIA implanted recording devices in live cats and sent them into Russia as spies In 1942 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 Vi. This was pretty funny or sad depending on how you view it Hindsight isn t always 20 20 but you have the luxury of multiple perspectives of course you have to live life forwards not backwards and as much as Houghton relays the absurdity of some of these schemes what were they thinking he always rightly points out that what you re thinking in the heat of the moment in relation to what you re aware of and fearing what you re not you make decisions And honestly they re not always the best onesThe book had different sections though I was particularly fond of the animal cohorts Napalm bats and Acoustic Kitty were pretty awesomely insane Werner von Braun shows up than you d expect or maybe not and Carl Sagan gets thrown under the bus High entertainment factor

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Ncent 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 4000 feet underground; and some are legitimately terrifying like the cornucopia. 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 uite 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

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  • Nuking the Moon And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board
  • Vince Houghton
  • en
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9780525505174

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 25 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 th



10 thoughts on “Nuking the Moon And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board

  1. says:

    This was pretty funny or sad depending on how you view it Hindsight isn't always 20 20 but you have the luxury of multiple perspectives of course you have to live life forwards not backwards and as much as Houghton relays the absurdity of some

  2. says:

    A bit of interesting information about the CIA and some of their weirder plans It was just an ok read for me

  3. says:

    Spook history from a spook historianSome very laughable moments when one realizes the full potential of our cland

  4. says:

    This book is of some interest to those interested in science the cold war espionage or historical oddities However it coul

  5. says:

    Nuking The Moon was an entertaining book about various military and intelligence plans that never got off the d

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 foll

  8. says:

    45 I really enjoyed this Like stifling laughter while I read in my office at work level enjoy The author has a snarky nerdy humour that suits me perfectly This sparked so many 'did you know?' moments that started some really cool co

  9. says:

    This book started with an interesting premise to show all the interesting and weird projects that were funded and developed from the 1940s until now in the intelligence and military field The author who has a doctorate in history tried hard to make some of this book funny and found some interesting projects to

  10. says:

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 40 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 cl

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