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THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

David Talbot

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ISBN 10: 0008159661 / ISBN 13: 9780008159665
Published by William Collins, London, U.K., 2015
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD: Allen Dulles, the ...

Publisher: William Collins, London, U.K.

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First British Edition

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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.

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An Amazon Best Book of October 2015: Salon.com co-founder David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard paints a riveting but unflattering picture of longtime CIA chief Allen Dulles (and of his Secretary of State brother, John Foster Dulles) in a nonfiction account covering decades of espionage, questionable tactics, and outright conspiracy. Heaping detail after detail into a dense but fast-flowing account, Talbot has written a book that reads like part Cold War history and part Tom Clancy novel. Both brothers protected the rich and powerful. Both felt they could act outside the rules. Both feared the Soviets and would do seemingly anything to oppose them. Readers will be glad these men are gone, even as they drink up every word written about them. And some will wonder if others have quietly taken their place.--Chris Schluep

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