Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board

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 insane In 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 sp The International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions, schemes, and weapons that were planned, bu...

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Title:Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board
Author:Vince Houghton
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Genres:History
ISBN:Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board
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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board Reviews

  • David
    May 27, 2019
    I'd already heard about several of the stories in this book via other sources but not all and not in as much detail generally. A fascinating read, though much like a collection of short stories, some are more interesting than others. Written in an engaging and very humorous style, it w...
  • Sean Kottke
    Jul 11, 2019
    Entertaining overall. The author has a conversational style that is welcoming, although a snarky streak occasionally reminds me of a writing style I associate with the self-published. The most outrageous stories are in the first and final thirds, with some (by comparison) mundane secre...
  • Steve
    Jun 17, 2019
    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...
  • Angela
    Sep 22, 2019
    Got the audiobook version of this out of the public library. It was an ok listen, the first few chapters were pretty good though after the focus shifted towards nuclear missiles things often got pretty boring but I kept listening in short bursts and made it to the end. It's narrate...
  • Jc
    Jul 02, 2019
    Nuking the Moon is lighter and funnier [hilarious even] than I was expecting. But Houghton, the International Spy Museum's (DC) historian seems to have a more serious purpose in mind than just telling funny anecdotes about how ridiculous government and the world of spying/intelligence ...
  • Terzah
    Apr 16, 2019
    Houghton is a historian at the Spy Museum in Washington D.C. This book documents some of the military and espionage schemes that the government considered but (fortunately) abandoned. A lot of it was funny, and the author has a nice light touch, but it was also sobering, especially the...
  • Scott Martin
    Sep 07, 2019
    (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 ...
  • Sherry
    Jul 08, 2019
    These were think tanks? Bombing bats to fight the Japanese in WWII or covert cats retrofitted to spy during the cold war. A fascinating read, though much like a collection of short stories, some are more interesting than others. Written in an engaging and very humorous style, it was we...
  • Sean
    Jul 15, 2019
    Pop history of crazy ideas put forward by various Western (read US) intelligence and military agencies over the years. A fun read but very much pop history with the author talking directly to the reader and pop culture reference liberally sprinkled through. Contrary to the very ser...
  • Vivian
    Sep 27, 2019
    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 t...
  • Rob Thompson
    Aug 09, 2019
    Why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union's nuclear capabilities following World War II? As Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, shows us, that disastrous failure came just a few years a...
  • Mal Warwick
    Jun 26, 2019
    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 drawin...
  • Ken
    Aug 19, 2019
    Vince Houghton does a great job taking impossible for civilians to understand information and breaking it down in a humorous way everyone can appreciate. The biggest surprise and enjoyment of this book is how funny it is. Houghton shows how absurd some of these ideas were, and how clos...
  • Read Ng
    Jun 16, 2019
    I saw the title and immediately wanted to read this. I love the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. How can an Historian from this museum not write an entertaining and informative book? Houghton does deliver. I was really fascinated and enjoyed the first part of this book...
  • Stephen
    Aug 11, 2019
    Occasionally thought provoking, sometimes amusing, intermittently frightening, sporadically laugh out loud funny, and infrequently really, really fascinating. Would have been better read in small doses, perhaps and I love the concept but never really took off for me. I would definitely...
  • Nissa
    Jun 10, 2019
    What a fantastic book. I literally could not put this book down, read it straight through. Very informative, and humorous. Not dry at all! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in military history. I want to thank Penguin-Random House for sending me a free copy of th...
  • Christopher Shawn
    Mar 14, 2019
    An incredibly fun look at half-baked, abandoned, top secret, and off-the-wall ideas that have come to pass through the military and intelligence arms of the US and others. From using a cat as a listening device, to literally nuking the moon as a show of force, to using glow in the dark...
  • Todd
    Jul 08, 2019
    This book was fascinating and bonkers! It is pretty crazy all the things governments have done, tried to do, or contemplated doing. If stories about implanting recording/transmitting devices into cats to spy on the Russian embassy or attempting to attach immolation devices on bats ...
  • Dayna
    May 10, 2019
    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 ...
  • Tonya Woodbury
    Nov 03, 2019
    So, I was inclined to like this book to begin with because it talks about failed government acquisition projects and military plans, and I audit large acquisition projects, some of which can only be described as failures. In fact, some of the projects I?ve worked on are discussed in ...
  • Jeremy Hunter
    May 29, 2019
    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, uns...
  • Ian Hamilton
    Jun 05, 2019
    This is a remotely entertaining and quick read for the espionage nut but probably has little or no appeal beyond the niche reader - too much redundancy in content; could have been half the length and included more oddities around the non-technical side of all things espionage; needless...
  • Jonathan
    Oct 15, 2019
    This book details some of the strangest and most absurd ideas to ever be considered by military and intelligence leaders. These include the bizzare (bombing Nazis with goat poop) to the insane (detonating a nuke on the moon just because). Many of these ideas thankfully never made it pa...
  • Shane Hawk
    May 22, 2019
    Spook history from a spook historian Some 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 been more enjoyable for me if it weren?t ...
  • Jānis
    Oct 03, 2019
    Could be good 3 stars, for the main topic, with - Recommended. But I ended up with 2 stars because of all stupid jokes and some subjective "funny" opinions, especially in audiobook version, where you can't skip them. Really annoying. They could be ok for young college students, but I...
  • Ricky
    Sep 07, 2019
    Intriguing, to say the least. Sometimes humourous. Somewhat silly in the early chapters, but a little after halfway through, the schemes and plots become frightening. The concluding chapter, Project A119, discussed American and Soviet plans to nuke the moon for what were basically ...
  • Catherine
    Sep 03, 2019
    Entertaining NF written in engaging (occasionally snarky), conversational manner by the curator of the International Spy Museum. Filled with trivia and interesting factoids about failed CIA operations/developments/inventions that will make you interesting at parties and bars. But only ...
  • Matthew J.
    Jul 02, 2019
    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 board...
  • Tracey
    Aug 19, 2019
    A bit of interesting information about the CIA and some of their weirder plans. It was just an ok read for me. ...
  • Mathieu Gaudreault
    Mar 13, 2019
    A funny and fascinating book to read. From killing or humiliating Castro(losing his beard) to building a nuclear spacecraft(project Orion). The authors uses popular culture to help understand those wack projects. Its not a contrefactuals. There 21 chapters in 4 diffrents section...