The Devil s Chessboard Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The Devil s Chessboard


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062276216

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The Devil s Chessboard Excerpt :

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.

The Devil   s Chessboard  Allen Dulles  the CIA  and the Rise of America   s Secret Government Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Devil s Chessboard Allen Dulles the CIA and the Rise of America s Secret Government


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008159672

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The Devil s Chessboard Allen Dulles the CIA and the Rise of America s Secret Government Excerpt :

Based on explosive new evidence, bestselling author David Talbot tells 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.

Season of the Witch Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Season of the Witch


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439108246

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Season of the Witch Excerpt :

Traces the story of San Francisco in the latter half of the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and pop culture to the 49ers and famous crime cases.

The Brothers  John Foster Dulles  Allen Dulles  and Their Secret World War Book
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

The Brothers John Foster Dulles Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War


  • Author : Stephen Kinzer
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429953528

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The Brothers John Foster Dulles Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War Excerpt :

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's world During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world. John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country's role in the world. Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran. The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Between Heaven and Hell Book

Between Heaven and Hell


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2020-01-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781797201399

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Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him. • A portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose • Includes insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, tech culture, and Hollywood • Powerful storytelling of the physical, emotional, and psychological impact a stroke has had on the author's identity Fans of My Stroke of Insight, The Devil's Chessboard and Season of the Witch will love this book. This book is perfect for: • Fans of David Talbot • Anyone dealing with or recovering from health issues (particularly stroke or brain injury) and looking for insight and inspiration • Gen Xers and baby boomers who understand their risk for stroke • Entrepreneurs scared of burnout

Devil Dog Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Devil Dog


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-10-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439117743

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Devil Dog Excerpt :

Pulp History brings to life extraordinary feats of bravery, violence, and redemption that history has forgotten. These stories are so dramatic and thrilling they have to be true. In DEVIL DOG, the most decorated Marine in history fights for America across the globe—and returns home to set his country straight. Smedley Butler took a Chinese bullet to the chest at age eighteen, but that did not stop him from running down rebels in Nicaragua and Haiti, or from saving the lives of his men in France. But when he learned that America was trading the blood of Marines to make Wall Street fat cats even fatter, Butler went on a crusade. He threw the gangsters out of Philadelphia, faced down Herbert Hoover to help veterans, and blew the lid off a plot to overthrow FDR.

Brothers Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Brothers


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847395856

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Brothers Excerpt :

Robert F. Kennedy was the first conspiracy theorist about his brother's murder. In this astonishingly compelling and convincing new account of the Kennedy years, acclaimed journalist David Talbot tells in a riveting, superbly researched narrative why, even on 22 November 1963, RFK had reason to believe that dark forces were at work in Dallas and reveals, for the first time, that he planned to open an investigation into the assassination had he become president in 1968. BROTHERS also portrays a JFK administration more besieged by internal enemies than has previously been realised, from within the Pentagon, the CIA, the FBI and the mafia. This frightening portrait of sinister elements within and without the government serves as the background for the emotionally charged journey of Robert Kennedy. Reading it, you can absolutely believe any number of people would have been happy for both brothers to meet a sticky end. The tragedy, not just for America but for the world, is that since their murders no one has had the nerve to stand against the dark forces they challenged in quite the same way.

Unspeakable Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Unspeakable


  • Author : Chris Hedges
  • Publisher : Skyhorse
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9781510712744

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist discusses America’s most taboo topics in a no-holds-barred extended interview with Salon founder David Talbot. Chris Hedges has been telling truth to (and against) power since his earliest days as a radical journalist. An intellectual heir to heroes such as Thomas Paine and Noam Chomsky, he continues to confront American empire in the most incisive, challenging ways. In Unspeakable, Hedges and Salon founder David Talbot discuss the most pressing issues that face our nation. He tackles the rise of a fascist right in support of Donald Trump; the false posturing of inclusivity from establishment elites on both sides of the aisle; politicians who continue to implement policies that widen income inequality; the contemporary glamorization of the military and the unchallenged hawkishness of contemporary American foreign policy; and many other topics. Hedges also discusses a path forward, underscoring the necessity of protest movements—such as Black Lives Matter—that represent Americans refusing to take the destruction of their country lying down. If we are to combat the intellectual and moral decay that have taken hold of American life, we must listen to the urgent messages raised in this book.

By the Light of Burning Dreams Book

By the Light of Burning Dreams


  • Author : David Talbot
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 435
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062820419

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By the Light of Burning Dreams Excerpt :

New York Times bestselling author David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot illuminate “America’s second revolutionary generation” in this gripping history of one of the most dynamic eras of the twentieth century—brought to life through seven defining radical moments that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today. The political landscape of the 1960s and 1970s was perhaps one of the most tumultuous in this country's history, shaped by the fight for civil rights, women’s liberation, Black power, and the end to the Vietnam War. In many ways, this second American revolution was a belated fulfillment of the betrayed promises of the first, striving to extend the full protections of the Bill of Rights to non-white, non-male, non-elite Americans excluded by the nation’s founders. Based on exclusive interviews, original documents, and archival research, By the Light of Burning Dreams explores critical moments in the lives of a diverse cast of iconoclastic leaders of the twentieth century radical movement: Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers; Heather Booth and the Jane Collective, the first underground feminist abortion clinic; Vietnam War peace activists Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda; Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers; Craig Rodwell and the Gay Pride movement; Dennis Banks, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Russell Means and the warriors of Wounded Knee; and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s politics of stardom. Margaret and David Talbot reveal the epiphanies that galvanized these modern revolutionaries and created unexpected connections and alliances between individual movements and across race, class, and gender divides. America is still absorbing—and reacting against—the revolutionary forces of this tumultuous period. The change these leaders enacted demanded much of American society and the human imagination. By the Light of Burning Dreams is an immersive and compelling chronicle of seven lighting rods of change and the generation that e

Bond of Secrecy Book

Bond of Secrecy


  • Author : Saint John Hunt
  • Publisher : Trine Day
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781936296842

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Bond of Secrecy Excerpt :

A father’s last confession to his son about the CIA, Watergate, and the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, this is the remarkable true story of St. John Hunt and his father E. Howard Hunt, the infamous Watergate burglar and CIA spymaster. In Howard Hunt's near-death confession to his son St. John, he revealed that key figures in the CIA were responsible for the plot to assassinate JFK in Dallas, and that Hunt himself was approached by the plotters, among whom included the CIA’s David Atlee Phillips, Cord Meyer, Jr., and William Harvey, as well as future Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis. An incredible true story told from an inside, authoritative source, this is also a personal account of a uniquely dysfunctional American family caught up in two of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century.

Overthrow Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Overthrow


  • Author : Stephen Kinzer
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2007-02-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429905374

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Overthrow Excerpt :

A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments -- not always to its own benefit "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the latest, though perhaps not the last, example of the dangers inherent in these operations. In Overthrow, Stephen Kinzer tells the stories of the audacious politicians, spies, military commanders, and business executives who took it upon themselves to depose monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. He also shows that the U.S. government has often pursued these operations without understanding the countries involved; as a result, many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences. In a compelling and provocative history that takes readers to fourteen countries, including Cuba, Iran, South Vietnam, Chile, and Iraq, Kinzer surveys modern American history from a new and often surprising perspective. "Detailed, passionate and convincing . . . [with] the pace and grip of a good thriller." -- Anatol Lieven, The New York Times Book Review

The Purchasing Chessboard Book

The Purchasing Chessboard


  • Author : Christian Schuh
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2011-11-27
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9781461422211

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The Purchasing Chessboard Excerpt :

The approach used on a given spend item should largely depend on the balance between supply power and demand power. That is the logic behind the bestselling Purchasing Chessboard®, used by hundreds of corporations worldwide to reduce costs and increase value with suppliers. The 64 squares in the Purchasing Chessboard provide a rich reservoir of methods that can be applied either individually or combined. And because many of these methods are not customarily used by procurement, the Purchasing Chessboard is also the perfect tool for helping buyers to think and act outside the box and find new solutions. A well-proven concept that works across all industries and all categories in any given situation, it is little wonder that business leaders and procurement professionals alike are excited by, and enjoy strategizing around, the Purchasing Chessboard. This second edition of The Purchasing Chessboard addresses the new realities of a highly volatile economic environment and describes the many—sometimes surprising—ways in which the Purchasing Chessboard is being used in today's business world. Yet despite all of the great achievements of procurement executives and their teams, they do not always receive the recognition they deserve. In response, the authors have developed and outlined within the book an unequivocal approach to measure procurement’s impact on a company’s performance—Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA®).

JFK and the Unspeakable Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

JFK and the Unspeakable


  • Author : James W. Douglass
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-10-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439193884

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JFK and the Unspeakable Excerpt :

SSuggests that John F. Kennedy was assassinated because military leaders feared his dedication to peace would result in the United States falling to Russia

Mary s Mosaic Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Mary s Mosaic


  • Author : Peter Janney
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 638
  • ISBN 10 : 9781510708938

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Mary s Mosaic Excerpt :

“[A] relentless exploration . . . The story of Meyer’s murder, and its cover up, is one more fascinating footnote to the Kennedy assassination.” —David Talbot, New York Times-bestselling author The death of Mary Meyer left many Americans with questions. Who really killed her? Why did CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton rush to find and confiscate her diary? Had she discovered the plan to assassinate her lover, President Kennedy, with the trail of information ending at the steps of the CIA? Was it only coincidence that she was killed less than three weeks after the release of the Warren Commission Report? Fans of The Murder of Mary Russell, JFK: A Vision for America, and other JFK books will love Mary’s Mosaic. Building and relying on years of interviews and painstaking research, author Peter Janney follows the key events and influences in Mary Pinchot Meyer’s life—her first meeting with Jack Kennedy; her support of her secret lover, President Kennedy, as he worked towards the pursuit of world peace and away from the Cold War; and her exploration of psychedelic drugs. Fifty years after the assassinations of President Kennedy and Mary Meyer, this book helps readers understand why both took place. Author Peter Janney fought for two years to obtain documents from the National Personnel Records Center and the US Army to complete this third edition. It includes a final chapter about the mystery man who could be the missing piece to learn the truth behind Meyer’s murder. “Reads like a John Grisham thriller crossed with an Oliver Stone movie.” —The Boston Globe “A fascinating story . . . Peter Janney’s unsparing analysis moves us closer to a reckoning.” —Oliver Stone

Operation Gladio Book

Operation Gladio


  • Author : Paul L. Williams
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616149758

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Operation Gladio Excerpt :

This disturbing exposé describes a secret alliance forged at the close of World War II by the CIA, the Sicilian and US mafias, and the Vatican to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe. Journalist Paul L. Williams presents evidence suggesting the existence of “stay-behind” units in many European countries consisting of five thousand to fifteen thousand military operatives. According to the author’s research, the initial funding for these guerilla armies came from the sale of large stocks of SS morphine that had been smuggled out of Germany and Italy and of bogus British bank notes that had been produced in concentration camps by skilled counterfeiters. As the Cold War intensified, the units were used not only to ward off possible invaders, but also to thwart the rise of left-wing movements in South America and NATO-based countries by terror attacks. Williams argues that Operation Gladio soon gave rise to the toppling of governments, wholesale genocide, the formation of death squads, financial scandals on a grand scale, the creation of the mujahideen, an international narcotics network, and, most recently, the ascendancy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit cleric with strong ties to Operation Condor (an outgrowth of Gladio in Argentina) as Pope Francis I. Sure to be controversial, Operation Gladio connects the dots in ways the mainstream media often overlooks.