The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David TalbotThe Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

byDavid Talbot

Paperback | September 6, 2016

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An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.

America’s greatest untold story: the United States’ rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials—including newly discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles’s wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials—Talbot reveals the underside of one of America’s most powerful and influential figures.

Dulles’s decade as the director of the CIA—which he used to further his public and private agendas—were dark times in American politics. Calling himself “the secretary of state of unfriendly countries,” Dulles saw himself as above the elected law, manipulating and subverting American presidents in the pursuit of his personal interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as his friends and clients—colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German war criminals, and Mafiosi in the process. Targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in line with his political aims, Dulles employed those same tactics to further his goals at home, Talbot charges, offering shocking new evidence in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

An exposé of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The Devil’s Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security state—and the battle for America’s soul.

David Talbot is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Salon.com. He and his wife, Camille Peri, live with their two sons in San Francisco, California.
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Title:The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret GovernmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.44 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062276174

ISBN - 13:9780062276179

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book. A Real Eye Opener. As part of the "new history", that which has been written with the aid of newly declassified material and without the Cold War looming overhead, you get a better sense of what happened in the past and how it affects today. This isn't something that is new, but what is new is how the "power elite" influenced this all and shows just who really runs things when there are no real checks and balances. Men like the Dulles brothers are a stain on history. This book is a good read and is a real eye opener, especially if you're a fan of the era in which these events occurred. It makes one wonder if the same things aren't happening currently.
Date published: 2017-10-09

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“Essential reading, especially for readers with even a passing interest in post-WW2 U.S. foreign policy.”