By David Talbot
An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the fellow who reworked the CIA into the main powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founding father of Salon.com and writer of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.
America’s maximum untold tale: the USA’ upward push to international dominance less than the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials—including newly chanced on U.S. govt records, U.S. and eu intelligence resources, the non-public correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles’s spouse and mistress, and unique interviews with the youngsters of admired CIA officials—Talbot finds the bottom of 1 of America’s strongest and influential figures.
Dulles’s decade because the director of the CIA—which he used to extra his private and non-private agendas—were darkish instances in American politics. Calling himself “the secretary of kingdom of unfriendly countries,” Dulles observed himself as above the elected legislations, manipulating and subverting American presidents within the pursuit of his own pursuits and people of the rich elite he counted as his buddies and clients—colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German conflict criminals, and Mafiosi within the technique. focusing on overseas leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments now not in keeping with his political goals, Dulles hired those self same strategies to additional his ambitions at domestic, Talbot fees, supplying surprising new proof within the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
An exposé of yankee strength that's as traumatic because it is well timed, The Devil’s Chessboard is a provocative and gripping tale of the increase of the nationwide safeguard state—and the conflict for America’s soul.
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