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 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...

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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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  • Mathieu Gaudreault

    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 sections(Animal,wack operations, extraordinary technology (including Nazi mirror satellite) and the last section is about nuclear projects.

    A must have book about secret projects unless you are from Florida(read the book and know

    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 sections(Animal,wack operations, extraordinary technology (including Nazi mirror satellite) and the last section is about nuclear projects.

    A must have book about secret projects unless you are from Florida(read the book and know why).

  • David

    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 was well worth reading for anyone with any interest in espionage or military history or just curious as to WTF were they thinking??? Seriously??? The glow in the dark foxes particularly seem to have amused several f

    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 was well worth reading for anyone with any interest in espionage or military history or just curious as to WTF were they thinking??? Seriously??? The glow in the dark foxes particularly seem to have amused several friends and family members as it continues to be brought up randomly in conversation now.

  • Dayna

    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 - b

    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.

  • Jeremy Hunter

    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.

  • Shane Hawk

    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 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 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 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.

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