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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles,…

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of…

by David Talbot

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Talbot, the founder and former editor of Salon, Talbot gives evidence of Allen Dulles as the leader of the coup against Kennedy -- he tries to say that Dulles was the author of the JFK assassination
  chaitkin | May 17, 2017 |
Excellent. Talbot presents an in-depth portrayal of Allen Dulles shaping the CIA to propagate his worldview. The dark side of the federal government and the machinations of the intelligence agencies with their many intrigues, both legal and illegal, are the focal point for the book. A major theme explores the assassinations of J. F. Kennedy and R. F. Kennedy.
Most of the characters in the story are developed fully and in-the-round, the way a novelist would dramatize them. For readers who desire references for the evidence given, a plethora of sources are provided and such readers will spend many happy hours following their leads. ( )
  JCaris | Dec 10, 2016 |
This book supplies a chronology of the beginnings of the CIA and it's role as the secret government inside the USA. The CIA represents the deep state, the
state inside the state. Allen Dulles used his power to manage events regardless of who is the President, regardless of which political party is in power. By controlling the information and subversive activities the deep state can cause and control major events. They can also create the public narrative to discount their culpability.

While this book is a biography of the Dulles brothers, it also describes how political subterfuge functions. ( )
  cakecop | Jan 31, 2016 |
Conflict and evil versus positive outlook and concern for doing good. Amorality versus morality as an overarching theme in social and political life. ( )
  clifforddham | Oct 19, 2015 |
Please read my review at the New York Journal of Books:

http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/devils-chessboard ( )
2 vote kswolff | Oct 13, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062276166, Hardcover)

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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