By David Talbot
From the founding father of Salon and the writer of the hot York occasions bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the guy who remodeled the CIA into the main powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington
America's maximum untold tale: the United States' upward thrust to global dominance less than the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials—including lately found U.S. executive records, U.S. and ecu intelligence assets, the private correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's spouse and mistress, and specific interviews with the youngsters of favorite CIA officials—David Talbot unearths the bottom of 1 of America's so much towering and influential figures.
Dulles's decade because the director of the CIA used to be a depressing interval in American politics. The spymaster observed himself as above the nation's legislation and elected leaders, manipulating and subverting American presidents within the pursuit of his own pursuits and people of the rich elite he counted as his associates and clients—colluding with Nazi battle criminals and Mafiosi within the technique. Talbot fees that Dulles applied an analogous ruthless strategies he hired abroad—targeting overseas leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments no longer according to his political aims—to extra his targets at domestic, and gives surprising new proof in regards to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
An exposé of yankee energy that's as tense because it is well timed, The Devil's Chessboard is a provocative and gripping tale of the increase of the nationwide protection state—and the conflict for America's soul.
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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot