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News update: 29th March 2011
We've added Jon's Psychopath Test Readings and other public events to The Psychopath Test page.
 
News update: 22nd March 2011
Hello. We've completely updated the entire site again to tie in with the release of Jon's new book The Psychopath Test.
 

 
News update: 7th Sep 2009

Watch the Trailer
 
Hello. We've completely updated the entire site to tie in with the premiere of The Men Who Stare at Goats movie at the Venice Film Festival this week.
 
www.themenwhostareatgoatsmovie.com
 
IN THEATERS:
USA November 6th 2009 / UK January 22nd 2010

 
News update: 12th Sep 2008

McGregor, Spacey, Bridges Stare At Goats
Joining Clooney in Jon Ronson adaptation

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
 
Goat's film
As befits a man who was the driving force behind the Ocean's trilogy, George Clooney knows a thing or two about all-star casts.
 
That said, even he must be mightily impressed by the all-star line-up assembling for his latest picture, The Men Who Stare At Goats.
 
For starters, there's Clooney himself ­ and he was joined today by Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, who have all signed on to the black comedy, based on the book by Jon Ronson.
 
The film is just the latest movie to address the situation in Iraq, but it's a good bet that no other Iraq movie has explored the ground that The Men Who Stare At Goats will cover: in other words, the development of psychic warfare. Told you.
 
McGregor - who's putting together quite an impressive run of films of late, what with this, Angels & Demons, Amelia and I Love You, Phillip Morris - will play Bob Wilton, a desperate reporter (is there any other kind?) scrambling around for a story in wartorn Iraq.
 
Then he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), who claims to be a former US army psychic soldier, reactivated after 9/11. Together, the two men go on an odyssey throughout Iraq that will take them to the heart of the Army unit that has been tasked with creating soldiers blessed with paranormal powers.
 
And on that odyssey, they will meet Bridges, as Bill Django, the founder of the psychic programme, and Spacey as Larry Hooper, a former psychic solider now running a prison camp.
 
So, you could say that this one is political. Ahem. But it could also be a cracking black comedy, of the type rarely seen - although often attempted - since Dr. Strangelove.
 
Grant Heslov, Clooney's producing partner, will direct, from a script by Peter Straughan. Filming will start in October.
 
Chris Hewitt

 
News update: 9th Jan 2008

Ronson news.
 
Jon is doing a few events in the coming months.
 
He'll be speaking at the Kensington Central Library on Jan 23rd (see below for details) and Jewish Book Week on Feb 27th
 
He's recently finished his 90 minute documentary about The Rev. George Exoo which will be broadcast on Channel 4 some time soon.
 
He's also currently recording Series 4 of the BBC Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On... (to be broadcast in April or May or June) and working on a screenplay.
 
And he had a terrible experience with huskies which he'll be writing about for The Guardian.
 
Join Jon Ronson at the Central Library in Kensington for a nice chat
 
The almighty Jon Ronson will be talking away at Kensington Central Library later this month.
 
Ronson, he of Guardian fame, is not only very funny but is an award winning writer and documentary maker; after starting out at Time Out magazine, Ronson has gone on to become one of the UK's best loved columnists and authors.
 
He will be at Kensington Central Library to talk about his career and his writing and answer some probing questions from the audience.
 
This is a free event, taking place on Wednesday January 23rd between 6.30pm and 8pm. You can find out more by calling the library on 020 73612029.
 
How to get there:
The closest tube station to the library is at High Street Kensington. If travelling by bus the 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 52, 70, 328, 452 and C1 all serve High Street Kensington.

 
News update: 24th May 2007

The return of Jon Ronson On...
 
Jon's BBC Radio 4 show, Jon Ronson On... returns for a third series next week. It begins this Tuesday, May 29th, at 11pm.
 
See here for more details, and here to hear previous shows.

 
News update: 19th April 2007

Jon's new documentary, Death In Santaland, about a foiled school shooting plot in a Christmas theme town, will be broadcast on More 4 on May 2nd. See here for more details... Channel 4 / Guardian

 
News update: 7th Feb 2007

Jon will be appearing at the Aye Write literary festival in Glasgow. It's at the Mitchell Library at 7.30pm on Feb 22nd. See here for more details...
 
Other news...
Jon doesn't know when his North Pole documentary will be on More 4. It should be soon, he hopes. For the written version of the North Pole story, click here...
 
If you want to know why Jon's gone a bit quiet it's because he's currently working on Series 3 of his Radio 4 show, Jon Ronson On... To listen to previous Jon Ronson On...s click here...
 
And Jon is pleased to announce that he'll be publishing Out of the Ordinary Volume 2, or Out of the EXTRAordinary, if you will, in November 2007. This will be a second collection of Jon's Guardian columns and articles.

 
News update: 2nd Jan 2007

Jon will be doing a mini-tour of Ireland, well, Belfast and Dublin, on January 16th and 17th.
 
Details for the Belfast lunchtime event (Out to Lunch) can be found here.
 
And details for the Dublin event at the IFI can be found here.

 
News update: 16th Oct 2006

Jon has two more events lined up for the autumn/winter...
 
November 17th: The Old Operating Theatre, 9a St Thomas St, London. In this event Jon will be talking about the musical torture story from The Men Who Stare At Goats. See here for more details...
 
December 6th: Waterstone's 128 New Street Birmingham, 7pm.
 
News update: 6th Aug 2006

Jon's confirmed Out of the Ordinary summer/autumn tour.
 
Sat Aug 19th: Jon will be giving a talk at the Centre for Fortean Zoology's festival at 4.30pm (the festival lasts all weekend). This will take place in a hut in the middle of nowhere in Devon. Jon will be talking about his Bohemian Grove adventure. His fellow speakers will be talking about subjects as diverse as The Beast Gods of Egypt and The Yowie - Australia's Yeti. So if you fancy an interestingly odd weekend in the Devon countryside, click here for more details.
 
Friday September 15th. The Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester. We'll be showing two Secret Rulers of the World films, and a 90 minute talk, showing clips from various documentaries. Click here for more details.
 
Tues 7 November: Waterstone's Deansgate, Manchester
 
Weds 8 November: Borders, Stockport
 
Thurs 9 November: Borders, Oxford
 
Tues 14 November: Waterstone's Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham
 
Weds 15 November: Waterstone's 93 Albion St, Leeds
 
Thurs November 16th: Skeptics in the Pub (The Old King's Head on London Bridge) Click here for more details.
 
Fri 17 November: Oxford Chabad Society (probably members only, so if you're not an Oxford Chabad, bad luck).
 
Tues 21 November: Guardian Newsroom, Farringdon Road - English PEN event with Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: A Life Backwards. Click here for more details.
 
Weds 22 November: Jubilee Library, Brighton
 
Thurs 23 November: Waterstone's Hampstead, London
 
Mon 27th Nov, Waterstone's, 2a The Hayes, 7.30pm
 
Tues 28th Nov: Waterstone's Ipswich
 
Weds 29th Nov: Border's Bristol

 
News update: 23rd June 2006

Jon says, "A little snide I think, as Robbie is a lovely man, and also I didn't like the insinuation that I might not be a colossus, but here is this from this morning's Guardian..."
 
The intellectual life of Robbie Williams
 
Fiachra Gibbons
Friday June 23, 2006
The Guardian
 
How shallow we have been to mistake the use of a motorised stage toilet for a laddish prank, when clearly it was a complex metaphor about the constant presence of death, even in triumph, of which Gide, Camus or Artaud would have been proud.
 
The artist in question is Robbie Williams, and these thoughts occurred when he turned up the other day at a gathering of the world's greatest travel writers at Shakespeare & Company, the legendary Paris hangout of Beckett, Burroughs and Baldwin. Not, of course, that the likes of Colin Thubron, Jason Elliot or Dervla Murphy had much of a clue what Robert Peter Maximillian Williams does when he is not dropping in unannounced on literary festivals as inconspicuously as only a megastar - with entourage, dressed from head to toe in turquoise - can. (Had he a long nose, a strangely high forehead and appeared out of a sandstorm in the Taklamakan desert, that would have been a different story . . . Clearly they'd have put him down straight away as the next Madhi.)
 
But Williams was not there in search of adoration, having played to 50,000 screaming fans the night before. Instead he had come to the shadow of Notre Dame to pay homage. To what colossus, you may ask? To Jon Ronson, oft of this parish, or eruv, or whatever the culturally appropriate term might be, of whom he professes to be a devoted disciple. So big a fan, in fact, that as he admits in his biography, Feel, he has read passages of Ronson's books to stadiums full of bemused Dutch people.
 
Geri Halliwell has previously outed him as a reader - although the official line is that Robbie's favourite book remains The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton.
 
Despite having dished the dirt on the Bilderberg group, the shadowy organisation that rules the world - and yes, Peter Mandelson is a member - Ronson is oddly reluctant to divulge anything about his relationship with Williams, or indeed his reading habits.
 
We do know, however, that Robbie is obsessed with the conspiracy theorists Ronson chronicled in his bestsellers Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats. But get this. Williams walked out of the open-sided tent mid-reading when Ronson mentioned David Icke and his belief that 12ft blood-drinking lizards control the earth. Remember, Robbie was wearing a light blue jumpsuit, a garment not dissimilar to one constantly worn by a certain former sportscaster. Read into that what you will.
 
Sources close to the star (the guy he sat next to on the grass outside) tell a different story, insisting he slipped out so he could have a fag without disturbing the people next to him. Whose truth do you believe?
 
In other news, Jon's Lake story will be featured on this week's This American Life. Click here ...www.thislife.org for details.

 
News update: 24th April 2006

Jon is pleased to announce that his new book - Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness - will be in the shops this Autumn, 2006.
 
'Jon Ronson's subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by 12-foot lizard-men. In Out of the Ordinary, a collection of his journalism from the Guardian, he turns his attention to irrational beliefs much closer to home, investigating the ways in which we sometimes manage to convince ourselves that all manner of lunacy makes perfect sense - mainstream, domestic, ordinary insanity. Whether he finds himself promising his son that he will be at his side for ever, dressed in a Santa costume, or trying to understand why hundreds of apparently normal people would suddenly start speaking in tongues in a scout hut in Kidderminster, he demonstrates repeatedly how we all succumb to deeply irrational beliefs that grow to inform our everyday existence. Out of the Ordinary is Jon Ronson at his inimitable best: hilarious, thought-provoking and with an unerring eye for human frailty - not least his own.'
 
Other news: On Sunday June 18th, Jon will be appearing as part of the Shakespeare and Company Travel In Words literary festival, at a tent in the Réné Viviani park, Paris. More details here.

 
News update: 28th March 2006

Jon is delighted to announce that his BBC Radio 4 show Jon Ronson On... has been shortlisted for a 2006 Sony Radio Academy Award.
 
Speech programme award: nominations
 
Broadcasting House - BBC Radio News for Radio 4
Jon Ronson On... Unique for BBC Radio 4
The Reunion - Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4
The Stephen Nolan Show - BBC Radio Ulster
The Umberto Show - Real Radio Yorkshire
 
The winners will be announced on May 8th
 
The series can be heard here.

 
News update: 8th March 2006

Jon is once again to grace the wonderful airways of This American Life. It is a show going out either this weekend or next weekend all about Habeus Corpus. Check thislife.org for details. And if you are reading this and you haven't heard This American Life, you must. It is fabulous.
 
Other news: The paperback of The Men Who Stare At Goats is about to be released in the US.
 
Jon is now blogging on amazon.com. The link is...here
 
It is probably too late to mention this, but Jon will be making two appearances at this weekend's Bath Literary Festival. On Saturday March 11th, he will be appearing with Stephen Gill at Guildhall at 5:30pm. And on Sunday March 12th he will be appearing on his own at Guildhall at 1pm. Click here for further details.
 
Jon really does seem to be working on his next two books.

 
News update: 15th Jan 2006

Before you email Jon, perhaps you'd like to read the FAQ that we've just added to the site. You can find it here.
 
Jon's Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On... starts on Tuesday 17th Feb at 11pm.
 
News update: 2nd December 2005

Jon is happy to announce that the second series of Jon Ronson On... will begin in early January 2006 on BBC Radio 4. This time around, the subjects look likely to be:
 
Living In the Past
Irrational Thinking
Friendship
Building Bridges
Lying
Waiting
 
You can hear the first series of Jon Ronson On... here.
 
Other news...
In the summer of 2005, every postal worker who fancied the idea was given a disposable camera. Collectively, that August, they took 16,000 pictures. These were sent to the photographer Stephen Gill, who whittled them down to 300-or-so ...Britain, as seen though the eyes of it's postmen and women. Jon has written the introduction to the collection, which will be published in February.
 
And Jon is - in a manner of speaking - beginning to write the book that will follow-up Them and The Men Who Stare At Goats.
 
News update: 21st September 2005

Jon's autumn tour dates announced...
 
Mon 17 Oct - Borders Leeds
Tues 18 Oct - Borders Preston
Thurs 20 Oct - Borders Kingston
Weds 26 Oct - Borders Norwich
Thurs 27 Oct - Borders Islington
Thurs 10 Nov - Borders Birmingham
Thurs 8 Dec - Borders Manchester
 
News update: 20th September 2005

From this week's Daily Variety
'THEM' MAKES WAY TO U BY MICHAEL FLEMING
Universal Pictures has acquired rights to the Jon Ronson book "Them," which will be used as the basis for a Mike White script to be directed by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead").
 
Jack Black and White will produce under their U-based Black and White banner along with Wright and Nira Park.
 
The book, an exploration of extremists, is described as a conspiracy comedy about one woman's journey to unmask the secret rulers of the world. White and Wright are using elements of it to hatch the story White will write. U president of production Donna Langley is overseeing the pic with veep of production Damien Saccani.
 
White, who last scripted "The School of Rock," is working on "Nacho Libre," a comedy that stars his partner, Black, as a priest who moonlights as a wrestler to save an orphanage. Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") is directing. White wrote the script with Hess and his wife, Jerusha Hess.
 
After making his breakthrough on the comical zombie pic "Shaun of the Dead," Wright has been producing and directing "Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life" for Universal.
 
"Them" is not based on the 1954 atomic-age sci-fi classic of the same name.

 
News update: 13th September 2005

Jon has heard that Colonel Alexander went on Coast to Coast AM this morning to make certain accusations against The Men Who Stare At Goats. For Jon's response click here.
 
OmarNews update: 24th August 2005

Jon is delighted to announce that Channel 4 will be repeating his film about Omar Bakri Mohammed 'Tottenham Ayatholla' - with a new beginning and ending - at 8pm on September 5th. Although the date might change, so check the listings for details.
 
News update: 11th July 2005

The Men Who Stare At Goats is now available in the UK in paperback. The Daily Mail has called this edition 'By turns laugh out-loud funny and profoundly disturbing.' The Daily Telegraph says it is 'Brilliant and genuinely unsettling.' Jon will be talking about Goats and Them at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 15th.
 
Jon is currently recording the second series of the BBC Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On... It will be broadcast around Christmas and includes contributions from Graham Linehan, Jessica Stephenson, Danny Robbins, Danny Wallace, Robert Popper and others.
 
You can read Jon's most recent article - an exclusive interview with the super-hacker Gary McKinnon, who is currently facing extradition to the US and a rather frightening 70 year prison sentence - here...

 
News update: 21st April 2005

Jon completely forgot about this, but it turns out he is appearing on Thursday 28 April, 7pm, at Froebel College, Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PJ. Map and directions can be found on their website. Jon will be reading from Them, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and Truth or Dare, and probably showing clips too from his documentaries. This is - to Jon's increasingly fragile memory - his only event for months (until the Edinburgh Festival) so please try and make it.
 
UPDATE: Actually, Jon IS appearing in events before Edinburgh - the Hull Festival on June 20th and the Isle of Wight on June 21st.
 
Also, on Thursday 5th May at 1pm Jon Ronson and Stephen Gill in conversation with projected images. Followed by book signing at 2.30pm. The venue for the show and talk is: Lecture Hall, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES Information: 0207 887 4000 www.stephengill.co.uk

 
Alexander and ChannonNews update: 17th April 2005

After last week's great review by Janet Maslin in the New York Times, some more US and Canadian reviews of The Men Who Stare Goats. Jai Singh writes in the Boston Globe, 'Critics hailed the humor and unnerving insight of his 2001 book, ''Them: Adventures With Extremists," in which he details his time hanging out with racists, religious fundamentalists, and crazed conspiracists. In his latest work, ''The Men Who Stare at Goats," Ronson tracks down a number of current and former military officials who believe in telepathy, subliminal sounds, and psychic power, and he delivers a hilarious and unsettling book.' The full review can be read here.
Photo: John Alexander and Jim Channon, courtesy Victoria Alexander.
 
Peter L'Official writes in the Village Voice, 'Possessing sharp timing and a characteristically dry Brit wit, Ronson specializes in such offbeat topics; his previous Them: Adventures With Extremists wryly chronicled weeks spent with conspiracy theorists, Klan members, and Islamic terrorists. Ronson's humor rightly evaporates once he connects these flower-child-like forays into psych warfare with their bastardization at Abu Ghraib. Ignoring all distinction between the merely absurd and the sublimely ridiculous, Ronson's account subtly implies that the eccentric, the clownish, and the more Machiavellian members of society are often one and the same.' The full review can be read here.
 
And writing in the Globe and Mail, Martin Levin says 'It's much to Ronson's credit that, though he lets the madness speak for itself, his deadpan style allows us to laugh and shudder simultaneously at this Catch-22 world. He knows when something is funny, when it's scary stupid, and when it's dark, even tragic.' Read the full review here .
 
Site update: 7th April 2005

The Men Who Stare At Goats is reviewed today by Janet Maslin in the New York Times. She writes, "Mr. Ronson sets his book up beautifully. It moves with wry, precise agility ...so entertaining... a smarter, nuttier version of "The Tipping Point" or "Blink." ...Mr. Ronson, a filmmaker and journalist whose earlier book, "Them: Adventures With Extremists," was also outstandingly artful and chilling, eventually follows his trail of bread crumbs to the realms that really matter. ...Somehow he is able to keep his book both light and nightmarish. ..He remains terrifically adept at capturing the horror of these developments without losing track of their lunacy." Read the entire review here.
 
A reminder that Jon will be appearing on April 12th at Borders, Park Ave & 57th, NYC at 6.30pm, and on April 14th at Politics & Prose, Washington DC, at 7 PM. This latter event will be filmed for broadcast on CSPAN.

 
Jon and GuySite update: 12th March 2005

A review of The Men Who Stare At Goats has been published in Japan's Daily Yomiuri. Which is good because the book is soon to be published in Japan, by Bungeishunju.
 
Jon has given interviews to two online sites. Three Monkeys Online is an English/Spanish/Italian website. This is also good, because The Men Who Stare At Goats is soon to be published in Italian, by Fazi (who also published Them, under the title Loro). And RINF.com has also published an interview with Jon.
 
Some early US reviews of Goats are coming in, including Publishers Weekly, which says the book is "at once funny and tragic. It reads like fiction, with plenty of dialogue and descriptive detail, but as Ronson's investigation into the government's peculiar past doings creeps into the present-and into Iraq-it will raise goose bumps ...Ronson approaches the material with an open mind and a delightfully dry sense of humor, which makes this an entertaining, if unsettling, read."
Photo: Jon filming with Guy Savelli

 
Site update: 15th Feb 2005

We've updated the Men Who Stare at Goats section with a review by Albert Scardino in The Guardian.
 
News update: 9th Feb 2005

The Men Who Stare at Goats will be published by Simon & Schuster, in the United States, on or around April 1st. Kirkus Reviews has just described the book as "Very funny and packed with oddities ...Entertaining and alarming in equal parts." A reminder that Jon will be appearing on April 12th at Borders, Park Ave & 57th, NYC at 6.30pm, and on April 14th at Politics & Prose, Washington DC, at 7 PM.
 
First Earth BattalionNews update: 26th Jan 2005

After watching The Crazy Rulers of the World and reading The Men Who Stare at Goats John Lundberg - the man behind jonronson.com - wanted one of his very own First Earth Battalion t-shirts. You can have one too, as he's printed up a few extra for like minded Individuals. You'll join the ranks of Jon Ronson, Peter Brusso and First Earth Battalion inventor Jim Channon who already have one. Visit John's website for more information.
 
Site update: 8th Jan 2005

The excellent Canadian website coldtype.net have published an excerpt from Them. It's the entire Secret Rulers of the World chapter about Big Jim Tucker and the Bilderberg Group in .pdf format (46 pages). You can find it in the THEM: Adventures with Extremists section of the site.
 
Jim ChannonWe've also updated the Men Who Stare at Goats section with probably the single nicest thing ever written about Jon. It was published in the local paper from his childhood, the Western Mail. Jon would like it known that he endorses the opinion that he is the new Dylan Thomas...
Photo: Jim Channon

 
Site update: 4th Jan 2005

We've just added a review from the Sunday Business Post in Dublin, by Nadine O'Regan to the Men Who Stare at Goats section.
 
We've also added some .mp3's of Jon's Radio 4 show 'Jon Ronson On...'.

 
News update: 3rd Jan 2005

Jon's first ever USA public events have now been confirmed. He will be reading from Them and The Men Who Stare At Goats on...
 
April 12th:
Borders Books, New York City (Park Ave & 57th), 6:30 PM.
April 14th:
Politics & Prose, Washington DC, 7 PM.

 
Jon Ronson On...Site update: 17th Dec 2004

We've added a page about Jon's new Radio 4 show 'Jon Ronson On...' which includes a review of the first show by Elisabeth Mahoney in The Guardian.
 
Site update: 13th Dec 2004

After toying with the idea for some time, Jon has finally decided to launch his very own blog. It's called 'From Ronson' and you can find it here.
 
Site update: 10th Dec 2004

Jon has a new series on BBC Radio 4 called 'Jon Ronson on...' you can find out more on the Radio 4 mini-site.
 
Goat, JonSite update: 21st Nov 2004
We've updated the 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' section with a review from Tim Adams in The Observer.
 
News update: 2nd Nov 2004
Be sure to tune in to Jon's new 3 part TV series 'crazy rulers of the world' which starts with 'the men who stare at goats' this Sunday 7th Nov on Channel 4 between 8 and 9pm. Part 2 'funny torture' airs Sunday 14th November between 8 and 9pm. The final episode 'psychic footsoldiers' airs Sunday 21st November between 8 and 9pm.
 
Site update: 30th Oct 2004
Information about Jon's new book 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' and Channel 4 series 'The Crazy Rulers of the World' have been added to the 'projects' section.
 
BarneyNews update: 29th Sep 2004
Jon's new book, The Men Who Stare At Goats, will be exclusively serialised in the Guardian from October 30th.
 
Here is some information about the book/series.
 
THE CRAZY RULERS OF THE WORLD
aka
THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
 
This is the extraordinary, never before told story of what happened when chiefs of US intelligence, the army, and the government began believing in very strange things.
 
Written and directed by Jon Ronson, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS explores the craziness at the very heart of the US military, intelligence and government communities. Ronson's highly acclaimed last series, 'The Secret Rulers of the World', examined the paranoia at the fringes of Bill Clinton's America. In his latest documentary, for the first time ever, high-level members of the US power elite reveal extraordinary - and very nutty - national secrets at the core of George W Bush's War on Terror.
 
It begins like this - In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and helping to fight the War on Terror.
 
With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades, and sees how it is alive today within US Homeland Security and post-war Iraq.
 
Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners-of-war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 de-bleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces command centre at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS answers these, and many more, questions. It also takes us into the heart of the infamous Abu Ghraib torture scandal, offering new information and insights into the rationale behind it.
 
Jon Ronson has written a book, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, to accompany the film, which will be published by Picador in the UK and Simon and Schuster in the US.
 
CrazyNews update: 25th Sep 2004
Ronson's fantastic new 3 part series, THE CRAZY RULERS OF THE WORLD will begin on Channel 4 in November. This is the series of the forthcoming book, The Men Who Stare At Goats.
 
The first film, The Men Who Stare At Goats, will air November 7th, probably 8pm. The second film, Funny Torture, will air a week later, and the as yet un-named third film a week after that.
 
News update: 9th Sep 2004
Jon will be reading from his new book 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' at the following places...
 
Tues 16th Nov, Borders Leeds, 7pm
Thurs 18th Nov, Foyles Charing Cross Road, London WC2, 7pm
Mon 22nd Nov, Richmond Festival
Tues 23rd Nov, Waterstone's Islington, London N1, 6.30pm
Weds 24th Nov, Borders Oxford, 7pm
Thurs 25th Nov, Borders Cambridge, 7pm
Fri 26th Nov, day in Dublin (reading t.b.c.)
Tuesday 30th Nov, Ottakar's Wood Green, London N22
Tues 7th Dec, Borders Glasgow, 6pm
 
'Start the Week', BBC Radio 4, Mon 8th November 9-9.45am
 
The men who stare at goatsNews update: 29th July 2004
Ronson's follow up to Them, The Men Who Stare At Goats (Picador), will be in the shops in November 2004. A channel 4 series will be broadcast at the same time.
 
Ronson is appearing in two more books this year. TRUTH OR DARE, a series of memoirs by Ronson, Nick Hornby, Alice Sebold, Zoe Heller and others, will be published by Picador in September. Ronson has also written the introduction to Stephen Gill's beautiful book of FIELD STUDIES (Chris Boot publishing) which is in the shops now.
 
Ronson's article about his visits to the Kubrick estate can be read on the Guardian website here.
 
News update: 16th Dec 2003
Jon Ronson's new book, an as yet unnamed follow-up to THEM, will be published in November 2004. The accompanying series, a follow-up to Secret Rulers, will be on Channel 4 around the same time. It is almost the end of another long and strange journey.
 
News update: 5th July 2003
Jon will be speaking at the Occulture Festival in Brighton on the 19th July 03.
 
News update: 18th February 2003
Jon has done a big interview for ABC Radio (Australia) Books and Writing. It can be heard here.
 
Kidneys for JesusNews update: 16th January 2003
Jon's film Kidney for Jesus about the kidney donating Jesus Christians will air on Channel 4 on Saturday 25th Jan 03 at 7:20pm. Talk about it in the newly opened forum.
 
The Secret Rulers of the World series - the companion series to Them - will get its USA premier from Monday Feb 3rd at 9pm on TRIO. More information can be found at triotv.com.
 
Air dates for TRIO:
Ep 1 - 2/3 at 9p, 12m; 2/8 at 12p, 5p; 2/18 at 9p, 12m
Ep 2 - 2/4 at 9p, 12m; 2/8 at 6p; 2/19 at 9p, 12m
Ep 3 - 2/5 at 9p, 12m, 2/9 at 12p, 6p; 2/21 at 9p, 12m
Ep 4 - 2/6 at 9p, 12m; 2/9 at 5p; 2/20 at 9p, 12m
Ep 5 - 2/7 at 9p, 12m; 2/17 at 9p, 12m
 
Jon's most recent article about being an enchanting parent can be read on The Guardian website.
 
And can journalists please stop asking Jon if he knows if Matthew Kelly used to go to the Walton Hop. He doesn't know.
 
The shocking truth is finally out "Jon Ronson is as bent as a nine pound note".
 
Site update: 27th October 2002
Read the recent sheffieldbase.com interview with Jon.
 
AnthraxSite update: 6th October 2002
View Jon's recent Guardian article "Hoax!" about the copycat anthrax hoaxers.
 
Other recent articles in the Guardian include: Did he jump or was he pushed? about a CIA officer who died in suspicious circumstances, How to make a dirty bomb in which Jon attempts to purchase the materials needed to build a nuclear bomb and Lapping it up about Jon and his family holidaying in Italy.
 
Site update: 25th June 2002
View Jon's recent Guardian article "Every picture tells a story".
 
Site update: 15th June 2002
Listen to Jon's talk at this years Guardian HAY FESTIVAL (approx 60mins).
 
Site update: 7th April 2002
View Jon's article about the kidney donating Jesus Christians at guardian.co.uk part 1 | part 2.
 
Site update: 16th March 2002
THEM has become a paperback bestseller - No. 18 in the UK and No. 4 in Ireland. Ronson has added a date to his reading tour. He will be the opening speaker at the Fortean Times UnConvention, in London on April 6th. For more details, see the UnConvention website.
 
US News: Ronson is currently working on his new big project - How I Caught The Anthrax Killer - which will soon begin life as a reading on National Public Radio's This American Life but may turn into something else.
 
You can hear Ronson discuss the Omar chapter on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The interview is here.
 
Ronson will be appearing in an hour long interview for C-Span's Booknotes on March 24th. For details see their website.
 
Jonathan KingSite update: 27th Jan 2002
The Jonathan King documentary has been rescheduled for Monday Feb 11th at 10pm on Channel 4, a week earlier than we first thought.
 
To coincide with the release of the paperback edition of Them, Jon is doing a series of book readings.
 
US News. Ronson will be promoting Them in the US Feb 6th, 7th and 8th, culminating in an appearence in Wolf Blitzer's War Room on CNN Feb 8th. He'll be appearing on the Joan Rivers radio show on Jan 30th and Fox And Friends, Feb 6th.
 
Two more reviews of Jon's book have been added to the THEM section.
 
hot siteUSA Today recently selected this site as one of their "hot sites".
 
Site update: 19th Jan 2002
Jon's Jonathan King film will now be broadcast on Monday Feb 18th at 10pm on Channel 4.
 
Here's a statement about the documentary from Jon which was posted in the forum section recently: "I'm slightly worried - what with all the expectation, positive and negative, that has been brewing these past weeks - that people may have an unrealistic preconception of what the film is like. It is actually a rather quiet, low-key, unsensationalist film. it is really quite traditional, nothing like When Louis Met The Hamiltons, for example. If it is like anything I've done before, it is most like Ruby Ridge. People just talk, and I rarely editorialise. And the archive is lovely."
 
Site update: 13th Jan 2002
A review of Jon's book from The New York Times has been added to the "THEM" section.
 
Jon RonsonSite update: 11th Jan 2002
Here's a statement about the postponement of the Jonathan King documentary from Jon which was posted in the forum section recently: "Yes, the film has been postponed, probably until mid Feb. I'd like to go into detail as to why, but I think it would be unwise to do so, especially in the aftermath of the silly tabloid 'Fury At Channel 4 Sick King Sex Chat Film' articles that appeared last week in the Mail, Sun and Star.
 
One rather sad thing is that I'd always wondered what it would be like to be in the midst of a tabloid storm, but in fact not one journalist called me. They all phoned Channel 4 instead. So I weathered my storm by, basically, just sitting there."
 
A review of Jon's book from sunspot.net has been added to the "THEM" section.
 
Site update: 3rd Jan 2002
Added a recent review of Jon's book from The Washington Post and audio of him reading an extract about Omar Bakri Mohammed on NPR's "This American Life" to the "THEM" section.
 
There's a report about Jon's upcoming Jonathan King documentary on the BBC News site.
 
Site update: 23th November 2001
Having temporarily tired of political extremists, Jon has spent the past nine months hanging around with a sexual extremist - Jonathan King. His article on the King case "The fall of a pop impresario" will appear in the Guardian's Weekend magazine on December 1st, and he'll be online on the Guardian's website, www.guardian.co.uk, at 2pm on Monday 3rd December, to answer questions about his world exclusive interview with the now convicted celebrity paedophile.
 
Jonathan KingHis documentary on the King case which, like the article, is intended to occupy the grey area between the apologists and the vigilantes, will be broadcast on Channel 4 on January 7th at 10pm.
 
Other news. The December issue of US GQ magazine - which runs an extract from the American publication of Jon's book, THEM: Adventures with Extremists - is now in the shops. He will soon be reading from THEM on National Public Radio's This American Life.

 
Site update: 22th November 2001
Another couple of reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Booklist of Jon's book have been added to the site.
 
Site update: 12th November 2001
Another review from Kirkus Reviews of Jon's book has been added to the site.
 
News update: 24th October 2001
Jon's interview with US Esquire magazine is now online, you can view it here.
 
News update: 14th October 2001
Jon is about to launch Them in the US. Consequently, the news section of the website will be updated more frequently from now on. An interview with Jon will appear in US Esquire in the coming months, and US GQ Magazine will be running an extract from Chapter One - A Semi Detached Ayatollah - at the beginning of 2002. Kirkus Reviews has previewed Them in their October edition, with a starred review, which included the comments: "A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics. Wildly funny. Serious and thought-provoking stuff."
 
News update: 5th October 2001
Samples - including a vocoded Jon, a shouty Alex Jones and lizard hating Icke - from the David Icke episode of Jon's Secret Rulers of the World series have been used to create a track called "Half Sick" by nu-metal band "Sugar Coma". Download the entire track: halfsick.mp3 [5meg]
 
Jonathan KingNews update: 10th August 2001
My new documentary about Jonathan King - his life and works and the criminal charges - is now in production, and will be aired on Channel 4 once the reporting embargo has been lifted by the Old Bailey judge. A written piece about Jonathan King will appear in the Guardian around the same time. Another documentary, Mystery Project X, is currently in development.
 
Over the next few weeks, I'll be contributing to America's National Public Radio's flagship programme, All Things Considered (www.npr.org).

 
News update: 25th July 2001
THEM will be published in the US in January by Simon and Schuster, and it will be out in paperback in February in the UK, with extra chapters and postscripts.
 
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