The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
ISBN: 0062276166
EAN13: 9780062276162
Language: English
Pages: 704
Dimensions: 1.89" H x 9.45" L x 6.61" W
Weight: 2.47 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From the founder of Salon and the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful--and secretive--colossus in Washington.

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 recently 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--David Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most towering and influential figures.

Dulles's decade as the director of the CIA was a dark period in American politics. The spymaster saw himself as above the nation's laws and elected leaders, 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 war criminals and Mafiosi in the process. Talbot charges that Dulles utilized the same ruthless tactics he employed abroad--targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in line with his political Read More chevron_right

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