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    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008 edited
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    So i ran into this article

    which led me to this book

    I am now greatly intrigued by this absurd concept and really want to read it. Has anyone actually seen this book or read it?

    Just the title necessitates picking it up i think.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    I've read the first few chapters from a preview copy I was given, and I absolutely love it. I keep meaning to get around to buying it; from what I remember it's got a feeling very like some of the humourous bits of Catch-22 or certain Vonnegut pieces.
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      CommentAuthorPyD
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    Haven't read that one but I read his earlier book

    Them: Adventures with Extremists

    what I thouroughly enjoyed - the chapter on Ian Paisley was enlightening as to just how bat shit insane he is.
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      CommentAuthornorton
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    Which leads us to:

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      CommentAuthornorton
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    and if you do some fairly basic YouTube searches much, much more
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    I meant to buy the book, just haven't. Nice to know it's interesting :)
    • CommentAuthorTominator2
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    I read it. It was fun. The author has a way of presenting his subjects that walks the line between mocking and credulity. It's clear Ronson thinks these guys are mostly nuts, but he interviews and describes them in such a way that you can see the real people-ness underneath. Sure, staring at a goat with the intent to burst its heart is whacked, but once you learn that these are army guys testing out an idea you gain some insight into the situation.
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      CommentAuthorzoem
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    I read it as well. I have poor retention of things I read in general, but I recall enjoying it quite a bit. The author seemed somewhere between investigative reporter and a kook himself, so I would take it with a grain of salt, unless you've got your tinfoil hat at hand.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    Crap, my tinfoil hat is out for repairs.

    well i may risk it anyways. ordering the book today. Again with a title like that how could i not?
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    I like Jon Ronson. His Guardian columns and articles are entertaining, as are his documentaries. I've never read any of his books though.

    I usually find it funnier when he's writing about his social awkwardness rather than the mad conspiracy stuff though.