The devil's chessboard

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the rise of America's secret government

686 pages

English language

Published Oct. 30, 2015

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"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 …

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  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Official secrets
  • Officials and employees
  • American Espionage
  • United States. Central Intelligence Agency
  • Spies
  • Intelligence service
  • Biography
  • History


  • United States
  • Soviet Union