In the age of alternative facts, International Spy Museum historian and curator Vince Houghton explores alternate histories in his new book “Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board.”
Motivated by the race to keep up with the Soviets in World War II and the Cold War, some of the most prominent American researchers and government officials of the time entertained exploding nuclear bombs inside hurricanes to redirect them or sending cats to the moon to spy on the Soviet Union.
Though these missions now seem to have been doomed from their conception, Houghton asserts that each of the 21 failed missions he recounts provides a unique context about the moment in history and the figures who shaped it.
Houghton joins Larry Mantle to talk about what we can learn from these desperate attempts at preserving American victory.
Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum; author of the book; “Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board” (Penguin Books, 2019); he is also a veteran of the US army and an expert in Diplomatic and Military History