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

Talbot, David, 1951- (author.). Altschuler, Peter, (narrator.).
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  • ISBN: 9780062420862
  • ISBN: 0062420860
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (25 hr., 23 min., 09 sec.)) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, [2015].

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Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Peter Altschuler.
Summary, etc.:
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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Title details screen (Overdrive, viewed on October 27, 2015).
Subject: Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency > Officials and employees > Biography.
Spies > United States > Biography.
Intelligence service > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Audiobooks.
Downloadable audio books.

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