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Author Talbot, David, 1951- author.

Title The devil's chessboard : Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the rise of America's secret government / David Talbot.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, [2015]


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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  327.1 D888Bt 2015    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition First edition.
Description xiii, 686 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 621-661) and index.
Contents The double agent -- Human smoke -- Ghosts of Nuremberg -- Sunrise -- Ratlines -- Useful people -- Little mice -- Scoundrel time -- The power elite -- The Dulles imperium -- Strange love -- Brain warfare -- Dangerous ideas -- The torch is passed -- Contempt -- Rome on the Potomac -- The parting glass -- The big event -- The fingerprints of intelligence -- For the good of the country -- "I can't look and won't look" -- End game -- Epilogue.
Summary "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 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 expose 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Assassination.
Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969. (OCoLC)fst01756831
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. (OCoLC)fst00035588
United States. Central Intelligence Agency. (OCoLC)fst00536259
Dulles, Allen 1893-1969 (DE-588)118672665
Kennedy, John F. 1917-1963 (DE-588)118561383
USA Central Intelligence Agency (DE-588)1021698-4
Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, American -- History -- 20th century.
Official secrets -- United States.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Assassination. (OCoLC)fst00818962
Employees. (OCoLC)fst00909111
Espionage, American. (OCoLC)fst00915388
Intelligence officers. (OCoLC)fst00975843
Intelligence service. (OCoLC)fst00975848
Official secrets. (OCoLC)fst01044261
Spies. (OCoLC)fst01129772
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780062276162
Standard No. 99965827547

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