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**Nuking the Moon - Vince Houghton - 2019

And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board**


By: Vince Houghton

Narrated by: Vince Houghton

Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release date: 05-07-19

Language: English

Genre: History, 20th Century

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Format: mp3 64/44.1 stereo

Publisher's Summary

The International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened but were 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 force. In 1967, the CIA sent live cats to spy on the Soviet government. In 1942, the British built a torpedo-proof aircraft carrier out of an iceberg. Of course, none of these things ever actually happened.

But in Nuking the Moon, intelligence historian Vince Houghton proves that abandoned plans can be just as illuminating - and every bit as entertaining - as the ones that made it. Vividly capturing the fascinating stories of how 21 plans from WWII and the Cold War went from conception, planning, and testing to cancellation, Houghton explores what happens when innovation meets desperation: For every plan as good as D-Day, there's a scheme to strap bombs to bats or dig a spy tunnel underneath the Soviet embassy. Along the way, he reveals what each one tells us about 20th-century history, the art of spycraft, military strategy, and famous figures like JFK, Castro, and Churchill. By turns terrifying and hilarious - but always riveting - this is the unique story of history left on the drawing board.

©2019 Vince Houghton (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Vince Houghton’s amazing book is about great imaginations - grand, bizarre and terrifying. These schemes deserved to be left behind, but not forgotten. Buckle your seatbelt.” (David E. Hoffman, best-selling author of The Billion Dollar Spy)

"Nuking the Moon is the most fun I've ever had reading about the human capacity for self-destruction. This book begins with that one time the CIA turned cats into covert listening devices, then somehow gets more amazing. With the eye of a storyteller and the knowledge of a historian, Vince Houghton explores the surprising logic behind some of the military's worst ideas." (Jason Fagone, best-selling author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes)

"No one is better qualified to uncover America’s most hapless spy programs than Vince Houghton, and I had an atomic-sized blast reading this book about exploding Mexican free-tail bats, nuclear mines heated by live chickens, and the many extremely dumb ways we tried to kill Castro. Never has the word 'intelligence' seemed like more of a misnomer." (Josh Dean, author of The Taking of K-129)




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