The Devil'S Chessboard


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An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerfulùand secretiveùcolossus in Washington, from the founder of and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers. AmericaÆs greatest untold story: the United StatesÆ rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materialsùincluding newly discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen DullesÆs wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officialsùTalbot reveals the underside of one of AmericaÆs most powerful and influential figures. DullesÆs decade as the director of the CIAùwhich he used to further his public and private agendasùwere dark times in American politics. Calling himself ôthe secretary of state of unfriendly countries,ö 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 clientsùcolluding 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 expos_ of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The DevilÆs Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security stateùand the battle for AmericaÆs soul.