The Devil's Chessboard

  • by David Talbot
  • Narrated by Peter Altschuler
  • 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 best seller 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 US government documents, US and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles' 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' 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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Biased and Factual Errors

This is a really biased book. Dulles may well have been a very bad man. But you can see where an author stands on issues when he argues that both Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White were not communist spies. The section on the JFK assassination is a mess. There is no consensus even among hardcore conspiracy theorists that Oswald actually visited Sylvia Odio right before the assassination. Most believe that it was an imposter. Also, the "magic bullet" was not the head shot. It was the back/throat shot. The bias combined with the factual errors make the whole book suspect, in my opinion.
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The Devil's Chessboard

Excellent narration of a detailed and well researched book about how America has been betrayed. This is the story of how two brothers and their associates, followers and inner circle have devastated the American dream. This book shows how conspiracies work and how the unsuspecting public is manipulated into believing the lies. It is a book that should be read, or listened to, by everyone.
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- Bruce A. Mitchell "Critical Theory"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio