The Devil's Chessboard

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062276212

Category: Political Science

Page: 720

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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.
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The Devil's Chessboard

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780008159689

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Page: 704

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Oswald and the CIA

The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK

Author: John Newman

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1626369348

Category: True Crime

Page: 669

View: 2293

From the acclaimed author of JFK and Vietnam comes a book that uncovers the government's role in the Kennedy assassination more clearly than any previous inquiry. What was the extent of the CIA's involvement with Lee Harvey Oswald? Why was Oswald's file tampered with before the assassination of John F. Kennedy? And why did significant documents from that file mysteriously disappear? Oswald and the CIA answers these questions, not with theories, but with information from the primary sources themselves—ex-agents, officials, and secret records. To look at the Oswald file is to look at the most sensitive CIA operation of the Cold War. The story is as alarming as it is tragic; the lies and manipulations it reveals led directly to Kennedy's murder. Oswald and the CIA is a gripping journey to the darkest corners of the CIA.
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The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

Author: Stephen Kinzer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429953527

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9024

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's world During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country's role in the world. Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran. The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
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Brothers

The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847395856

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 5901

Robert F. Kennedy was the first conspiracy theorist about his brother's murder. In this astonishingly compelling and convincing new account of the Kennedy years, acclaimed journalist David Talbot tells in a riveting, superbly researched narrative why, even on 22 November 1963, RFK had reason to believe that dark forces were at work in Dallas and reveals, for the first time, that he planned to open an investigation into the assassination had he become president in 1968. BROTHERS also portrays a JFK administration more besieged by internal enemies than has previously been realised, from within the Pentagon, the CIA, the FBI and the mafia. This frightening portrait of sinister elements within and without the government serves as the background for the emotionally charged journey of Robert Kennedy. Reading it, you can absolutely believe any number of people would have been happy for both brothers to meet a sticky end. The tragedy, not just for America but for the world, is that since their murders no one has had the nerve to stand against the dark forces they challenged in quite the same way.
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Season of the Witch

Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439127872

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 5080

Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis.
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JFK and the Unspeakable

Why He Died and Why It Matters

Author: James W. Douglass

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439193886

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 8089

SSuggests that John F. Kennedy was assassinated because military leaders feared his dedication to peace would result in the United States falling to Russia
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JFK

The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

Author: L. Fletcher Prouty

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1616082917

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 440

View: 2262

Reveals Kennedy's plans for Vietnam, Kennedy's intentions to "shatter the CIA," and President Johnson's reversal of Kennedy's orders concerning Vietnam immediately following the assassination, aruging that the assassination was a professionally executed coup d'etat.
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The CIA as Organized Crime

How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World

Author: Douglas Valentine

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 0997287020

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 446

View: 1127

This book provides insight into the paradigmatic approaches evolved by CIA decades ago in Vietnam which remain operational practices today in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Valentine's research into CIA activities began when CIA Director William Colby gave him free access to interview CIA officials who had been involved in various aspects of the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. The CIA would rescind it, making every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented the CIA's elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam. While researching Phoenix, Valentine learned that the CIA allowed opium and heroin to flow from its secret bases in Laos, to generals and politicians on its payroll in South Vietnam. His investigations into this illegal activity focused on the CIA's relationship with the federal drugs agencies mandated by Congress to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States. Based on interviews with senior officials, Valentine wrote two subsequent books, The Strength of the Wolf and The Strength of the Pack, showing how the CIA infiltrated federal drug law enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure that the flow of drugs continues unimpeded to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ. Ultimately, portions of his research materials would be archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and John Jay College. This book includes excerpts from the above titles along with updated articles and transcripts of interviews on a range of current topics, with a view to shedding light on the systemic dimensions of the CIA's ongoing illegal and extra-legal activities. These terrorism and drug law enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA's activities impact social and political movements abroad and in the United States. A common theme is the CIA's ability to deceive and propagandize the American public through its impenetrable government-sanctioned shield of official secrecy and plausible deniability. Though investigated by the Church Committee in 1975, CIA praxis then continues to inform CIA praxis now. Valentine tracks its steady infiltration into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people.
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The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government

Author: David Talbot

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000815967X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

View: 9728

Based on explosive new evidence, bestselling author David Talbot tells 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.
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Agent 110

An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII

Author: Scott Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451693400

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 9588

The “lively and engrossing” (The Wall Street Journal) story of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles built an underground network determined to take down Hitler and destroy the Third Reich. Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family. From his townhouse in Bern, Switzerland, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers’ bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans during World War II who were trying to destroy the country’s leadership. Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post-war period. Scott Miller’s “absorbing and bracing” (The Seattle Times) Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany’s enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war. If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war. But Miller shows how Dulles’s negotiations fell short. Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for US foreign policy. With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments. Agent 110 is “a doozy of a dossier on Allen Dulles and his early days spying during World War II” (Kirkus Reviews). “Miller skillfully weaves a double narrative of Dulles’ machinations and those of the German resistance” (Booklist) to bring to life this exhilarating, and pivotal, period of world history—of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.
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The Craft of Intelligence

America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World

Author: Allen Dulles

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1599215772

Category: History

Page: 304

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If the experts could point to any single book as a starting point for understanding the subject of intelligence from the late twentieth century to today, that single book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Allen Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor--the Office of Strategic Services--and was present at the inception of the CIA, where he served eight of his ten years there as director. Here he sums up what he learned about intelligence from nearly a half-century of experience in foreign affairs. In World War II his OSS agents penetrated the German Foreign Office, worked with the anti-Nazi underground resistance, and established contacts that brought about the Nazi military surrender in North Italy. Under his direction the CIA developed both a dedicated corps of specialists and a whole range of new intelligence devices, from the U-2 high-altitude photographic plane to minute electronic listening and transmitting equipment. Dulles reveals much about how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the resulting estimates contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance, and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries. He spells out not only the techniques of modern espionage but also the philosophy and role of intelligence in a free society threatened by global conspiracies. Dulles also addresses the Bay of Pigs incident, denying that the 1961 invasion was based on a CIA estimate that a popular Cuban uprising would ensue. This account is enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes. It is a book for readers who seek wider understanding of the contribution of intelligence to our national security.
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Summary of the Devil's Chessboard

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Author: Instantread Summary

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523960149

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Page: 58

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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot | Summary and AnalysisBook Preview:The Devil's Chessboard is a well-researched, insightful read into the life and legacy of Allen Dulles and the CIA. It gives numerous examples of how Dulles was not simply content to stay on American soil to fulfill American interests. As the director and founder of the CIA, Dulles exerts enormous power and influence over the nations of the world by successfully removing and installing puppet governments. Talbots offers an interesting background on Dulles, from his childhood as the son of Reverend Allen Macy Dulles to his relationship with his wife, Clover, and long-time mistress, Mary Bancroft. From the descriptions of family and friends, Dulles is described as a man who appeared indifferent to the suffering of others. He deemed people important only when he found them "useful" and was quick to dismiss them when they were not. This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book This Book Contains: * Summary Of The Entire Book * Chapter By Chapter Breakdown * Analysis Of The Reading Experience Download Your Copy Today
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The secret government

the Constitution in crisis : with excerpts from "An essay on Water-gate"

Author: Bill D. Moyers,Henry Steele Commager

Publisher: Seven Locks Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 131

View: 1303

Analyzes the Iran-Contra Affair and explains why that operation was more dangerous than Watergate
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The Spinning Magnet

The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World--and Could Destroy It

Author: Alanna Mitchell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101985186

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 3167

An engrossing history of the science of one of the four fundamental physical forces in the universe, electromagnetism, right up to the latest indications that the poles are soon to reverse and destroy the world's power grids and electronic communications A cataclysmic planetary phenomenon is gathering force deep within the Earth. The magnetic North Pole will eventually trade places with the South Pole. Satellite evidence suggests to some scientists that the move has already begun, but most still think it won't happen for many decades. All agree that it has happened many times before and will happen again. But this time it will be different. It will be a very bad day for modern civilization. Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell's delightful storytelling introduces enchanting characters from investigations into magnetism in thirteenth-century France to the discovery in the Victorian era that electricity and magnetism emerge from the same force. No one has ever told so eloquently how the Earth itself came to be seen as a magnet, spinning in space with two poles, and that those poles dramatically, catastrophically reverse now and then... The recent finding that Earth's magnetic force field is decaying faster than previously thought, raising fears of an imminent pole reversal, ultimately gives The Spinning Magnet a spine-tingling urgency. When the poles switch, a process that takes many years, Earth is unprotected from solar radiation storms that would, among other things, wipe out all electromagnetic technology. No satellites, no Internet, no smartphones--maybe no power grid at all. Alanna Mitchell offers a beautifully crafted narrative history of ideas and science that readers of Stephen Greenblatt and Sam Kean will love.
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Summary of the Devil's Chessboard:

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Author: Gabby Mackay,Smart Readers' Summary

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781533598592

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Page: 56

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NOTE: THIS BOOK IS AN UNOFFICIAL SUMMARY FOR SMART READERS AND THIS BOOK IS NOT WRITTEN BY DAVID TALBOT. This is an enthralling account of events that led to the rise of a man, the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and role of the man and the CIA in America's Secret government and subsequent events that led to the death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. A young spymaster, Allen Dulles, rose to prominence with the dexterity of his espionage skills and his involvement in American diplomacy during the World War II. Allen Dulles was on the frontline of American spy game and he was a devoted spymaster. His reign as a spy lasted through many administrations which included the eras of Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. At the height of the Cold War and Castro's Cuba, Allen played a very crucial role at the helms of affairs in the CIA. His anti-Communist sentiments gave rise to subversive rebellion in some African and European states. His involvement in The Bay of Pigs Invasion that Kennedy got criticized for is described in this book. Many decisions during the Kennedy's administrations led to internal intransigence and insubordinations, within the Security circles, against the President. This book is a summary of David Talbot's industrious work, presented as a lovely compilation of a spectacular epoch in the American history. This book gives the most compact and well represented synopsis of the Devil's Chessboard in a bid to save your time and afford you a fluid and concise reading. In summary, what this book represents is a systematic presentation that is both engaging and interesting for history lovers and students. It is designed for keen insight, easy grasp and detailed understanding of one of the most spectacular era of the American history. Happy reading!
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The Ghost

The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

Author: Jefferson Morley

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250139104

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 9593

"The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived." - Tim Weiner, National Book Award-winning author of Legacy of Ashes A revelatory new biography of the sinister, powerful, and paranoid man at the heart of the CIA for more than three tumultuous decades. CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the notorious Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel’s own nuclear efforts, disregarding U.S. security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that nearly destroyed the Agency. In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton’s dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency’s MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation’s enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.
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The Secret Surrender

The Classic Insider's Account of the Secret Plot to Surrender Northern Italy During WWII

Author: Allen Dulles

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 9781592283682

Category: History

Page: 232

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On April 17, 1945, Adolph Hitler sent a memorandum to a German general who wanted to fall back to a more advantageous position in Northern Italy: "The Führer expects the utmost steadfastness to defend every inch of the North Italian area entrusted to your command. I desire to point out the serious consequences for all those higher commanders who do not carry out the Führer's orders to the last word." Such was Adolph Hitler's insane directive and unambiguous threat to anyone who contemplated anything other than Hitler's last-man defense. But Allen Dulles, who worked in Switzerland for "Wild Bill" Donovan's OSS-the precursor to the CIA-was conducting Operation Sunrise, a secret plot to effect the surrender of Nazi and Fascist troops in Italy. Dulles guided the delicate, top-secret negotiations in Switzerland. In an immediate, personal, and page-turning narrative that has all the hallmarks of a suspense novel, Dulles reveals the extraordinary details of one of the most successful intelligence operations of all time. In The Secret Surrender, Dulles re-creates the climate of paranoia and terror that paralyzed the German top military command, vividly conveying the hidden antagonisms of important Nazis concerned for their personal safety. He describes the hazards of keeping channels of communication with the SS general in Italy who defied Hitler's "scorched earth" command, and recounts the tension-packed weeks during which Allied support of the surrender plan was secured in spite of Stalin's plot to wreck the enterprise. The Secret Surrender conveys the breathless excitement of a fictional thriller, and furnishes valuable firsthand insight into one of the most dramatic events in World War II.
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The Deep State

The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

Author: Mike Lofgren

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698186923

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 6656

The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred exposé of who really wields power in Washington Every Four years, tempers are tested and marriages fray as Americans head to the polls to cast their votes. But does anyone really care what we think? Has our vaunted political system become one big, expensive, painfully scriped reality TV show? In this cringe-inducing expose of the sins and excesses of Beltwayland, a longtime Republican party insider argues that we have become an oligarchy in form if not in name. Hooked on war, genuflecting to big donors, in thrall to discredited economic theories and utterly bereft of a moral compass, America’s governing classes are selling their souls to entrenched interest while our bridges collapse, wages, stagnate, and our water is increasingly undrinkable. Drawing on sinsights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, Lofgren paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac and the revolution it will take to reclaim our government and set us back on course. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Secret Team

The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World

Author: L. Fletcher Prouty

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1626367809

Category: History

Page: 625

View: 7535

The Secret Team, L. Fletcher Prouty's CIA exposé, was first published in the 1970s, but virtually all copies of the book disappeared upon distribution, purchased en masse by shady private buyers. Certainly Prouty's amazing allegations—that the U-2 Crisis of 1960 was fixed to sabotage Eisenhower-Khrushchev talks, and that President Kennedy was assassinated to keep the U.S., and its defense budget, in Vietnam—cannot have pleased the CIA. Though suppressed (until now), The Secret Team was an important influence for Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning film JFK and countless other works on U.S. government conspiracies, and it raises the same crucial question today that it did on its first appearance: who, in fact, is in control of the United States and the world?
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