By David Talbot
An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the guy 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 U.S.’ 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 newly came across U.S. executive files, U.S. and eu intelligence resources, the private correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles’s spouse and mistress, and specific interviews with the kids of well-known 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 occasions in American politics. Calling himself “the secretary of country of unfriendly countries,” Dulles observed himself as above the elected legislation, manipulating and subverting American presidents within the pursuit of his own pursuits and people of the rich elite he counted as his pals and clients—colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German conflict criminals, and Mafiosi within the technique. concentrating on international leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments no longer based on his political goals, Dulles hired those self same strategies to extra his ambitions at domestic, Talbot fees, delivering stunning new proof within the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
An exposé of yankee strength that's as worrying 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.