The Men Who Stare at Goats (Audible version) by Jon Ronson.
(I’ve not seen the film.) The Audible version adds an extra element because it’s narrated by Ronson himself. To begin with, you wonder, once you hear his high-pitched, lispy, accented, slow delivery, if he’s all there. Then as you listen to his style of interviewing, it becomes clear he uses the Louis Theroux school of dumb questions to give his interviewees a sense of superiority, thus encouraging them to boast, and spill the beans.
Ronson’s quest begins with Uri Geller, and then it descends (no, really) into the realms of incredulous levels of supersticious nonsense, which would be good fun (in a nasty, cynical way) if this wasn’t associated with the world’s most potentially destructive armed forces. I have no idea how much artistic liscence Ronson applies here, but dim-witted US generals with enormous budgets to pay for squads of psychic spies and herds of cruelly-teated goats is a wholly believable scenario. Ronson later moves on to the more pharmachological/psychological MK-ULTRA and Psy-Ops projects.
Ronson presents his subject in an edifying and entertaing way, and I’ll no doubt read more of his books. Also, I didn’t realise he’d done so much other stuff, and I’ve probable seen him on TV on several occasions in the 80s and 90s (thanks Wikipedia).