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

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 us’ upward thrust 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 found U.S. govt files, U.S. and ecu intelligence assets, the private correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles’s spouse and mistress, and particular interviews with the youngsters of fashionable CIA officials—Talbot unearths the bottom of 1 of America’s strongest and influential figures.

Dulles’s decade because the director of the CIA—which he used to additional his private and non-private agendas—were darkish instances in American politics. Calling himself “the secretary of country 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 neighbors and clients—colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German conflict criminals, and Mafiosi within the procedure. concentrating on international leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments no longer in accordance with his political goals, Dulles hired those self same strategies to additional his objectives at domestic, Talbot fees, providing surprising new facts within the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

An exposé of yankee strength that's as annoying 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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Firms with a stake in Cuba, later fell lower than mystery carrier suspicion in a conspiracy opposed to President Kennedy. the subject of Sierra’s assembly with Dulles in April 1963 continues to be a secret. by means of October 1963, Dulles felt convinced sufficient to talk out opposed to Kennedy’s overseas coverage in public, ignoring the Washington etiquette that deemed it undesirable shape to criticize a president whom you lately had served. Dulles declared that the Kennedy presidency suffered from a “yearning to be enjoyed via the remainder of the area. ” This “weakness” used to be no longer the mark of a world energy, insisted Dulles. “I may still a lot wish to have humans appreciate us than to aim to cause them to love us. ” within the weeks prime as much as the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the flurry of conferences at Dulles’s domestic intensified. one of the CIA males coming out and in of Q highway have been a number of who later got here less than research by means of the home decide upon Committee on Assassinations and different probes for his or her attainable connection to the president’s homicide. And at the weekend of the assassination, Dulles hunkered down for unexplained purposes at a mystery CIA facility in northern Virginia often called “the Farm,” although he have been faraway from the corporation years previous. Such was once the extraordinary swirl of task round the “retired” Dulles. After Kennedy’s assassination, Dulles may back push himself into the Washington highlight, lobbying President Lyndon Johnson to nominate him to the Warren fee. Dulles used to be so actively fascinated with the respectable research of Kennedy’s homicide that one observer remarked it's going to were referred to as the Dulles fee. He labored conscientiously backstage along with his former CIA colleagues to lead the inquiry clear of the organization itself and towards “lone gunman” Lee Harvey Oswald. How did a sour political enemy of President Kennedy finally end up taking part in a lead position within the legitimate research into his loss of life? It used to be only one extra secret in an entire life choked with enigmatic twists and turns. simply as difficult is why the yank press by no means afflicted itself to discover this exciting query. Over part a century later, many questions on JFK’s violent finish stay “unspeakable,” within the phrases of Kennedy biographer James W. Douglass—at least within the conscientiously managed area of media discourse. it truly is much more unthinkable in those circles to discover the suspicion that Allen Dulles himself—a towering pillar of the U. S. establishment—might have performed a task within the epic crime opposed to U. S. democracy that came about in Dallas. yet this is often only one of many taboo and best mystery parts of Dulles’s existence explored during this publication. The Allen Dulles tale maintains to hang-out the rustic. a few of the practices that also impress bouts of yank soul-searching originated in the course of Dulles’s formative rule on the CIA. brain keep watch over experimentation, torture, political assassination, remarkable rendition, large surveillance of U. S. voters and international allies—these have been all regular instruments of the Dulles reign.

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