Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton (Paperback)

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The International Spy Museum's former 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 U.S. 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 intelligence historian Vince Houghton proves that abandoned plans can be just as illuminating and every bit as entertaining as the ones that made it. By turns terrifying and hilarious, but always riveting, this is the unique story of history left on the drawing board.

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