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

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joseph
    Jun 17, 2019
    This was a quick, entertaining and informative book. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the absurd plans considered by various government agencies. The snarky writing has me laughing at some things that were actually quite cringeworthy (Operation Acoustic Kitty). ...
  • 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...
  • Craig Fiebig
    Aug 14, 2019
    So much history is hagiography ... this hero did that amazing thing. This is not that book. This is a litany of failure and overreach, a series of stories told in a very interesting ways. Worth reading for anyone interested in the Cold War. ...
  • 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...
  • Donna Foster
    May 02, 2019
    Hard to believe this is a nonfiction book. The wild ideas are told in a positive and humorous way despite the fact that they are extremely bizarre and outrageous. ...
  • Thomas Beard
    Jul 04, 2019
    Houghton is a good history writer and a good storyteller. His sense of humor is probably more effective in person than it is in writing, and his effort to make jokes often undermines the effectiveness of his prose. But overall enjoyable. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Eric
    May 21, 2019
    Utterly enthralling and entertaining and with a sense of humor to boot. Could not put this down! ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Mike Higgins
    Aug 20, 2019
    A lot of fun to read. The author takes a very-lighthearted approach to the topic. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Brian DeVries
    Jul 01, 2019
    If Vince Houghton was a high school STEM teacher, every one of his students would grow up to be a scientist. It's a good thing that Mr. Houghton shares these stories with a such a great sense of humor, otherwise they would scare the reader to death. ...
  • 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 différents section...
  • David
    Jul 21, 2019
    This book made me laugh and made me wonder, "What?!?!?!?!" A fascinating look at some of "outside the box" plans that, thankfully, never made it beyond planning -- we wasted lots of money and time, but at least we didn't nuke the moon. ...