« Viper Metropolitan Sisal Fiber Bristle Dartboard Cabinet, Oak Finish WLtoys Large V912 4CH Single Blade RC Remote Control Helicopter With Gyro RTF » 3 thoughts on “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” 59 of 64 people found the following review helpful BEWARE OF ANY ONE STAR REVIEWS! THIS IS SENSATIONAL!, October 13, 2015 By Vince Palamara (South Park/Bethel Park, PA) – This review is from: The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (Hardcover) BEWARE OF ANY ONE STAR REVIEWS! THIS IS SENSATIONAL! I say again: take with a huge grain of salt any one star reviews, as it is the goal of the “reviewer” to attempt to thwart the sales of this fine book; a common tactic these days. Having said that, I highly recommend this excellent, well-written, and riveting book for both the quality of information on Dulles and the CIA, as well as how brilliantly the author ties together everything into a cogent picture. Very well done, indeed. GET THIS ONE A.S.A.P.! Vince PalamaraAuthor of Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply 34 of 36 people found the following review helpful A Groundbreaking Resource, Second Only to “JFK and the Unspeakable”, October 14, 2015 By J. Roth – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (Hardcover) A tremendous resource of breathtaking depth and clarity. Talbot builds on the now decades-old body of research — initiated by investigative reporters Tom Mangold (“Cold Warrior”) and David Wise (“Molehunt”), and largely developed by assassination researchers James DiEugenio and Lisa Pease (“The Assassinations”) — and adds groundbreaking new information. Talbot focusses extensively on James Jesus Angleton, the shadowy counterintelligence figure at the heart of the domestic assassinations of the 1960s, and examines the inner-workings of Dulles’ ambitious (and dastardly) plot to consolidate and control global political power. “The Devil’s Chessboard” is a startling and revelatory masterwork. In terms of easy-to-access assassination research, this book is second only to James Douglass’ “JFK and the Unspeakable.” In terms of biographies of Dulles and Angleton, two of history’s most infamous figures, this work is second to none. Note: Be wary of one-star reviews for this book. Some trace back to commissioned-review services, the same services that give five-star reviews to shady/suspicious health and beauty products. Go figure. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 27 of 29 people found the following review helpful A Must Read for Students of American History, October 14, 2015 By James Norwood (Twin Cities, Minnesota; standing in Fort Worth, Texas, alongside the bronze sculpture of President John F. Kennedy outside of the Hotel Texas (now the Fort Worth Hilton), where JFK delivered a short speech on the morning of November 22, 1963.) – This review is from: The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (Hardcover) Unlike his brother, John Foster Dulles, the younger Allen Welsh Dulles rarely makes it into American history textbooks. In this extremely detailed study written by researcher David Talbot, the singular importance of Allen Dulles is demonstrated as being central to a watershed period in the American Century. First and foremost, “The Devil’s Chessboard” is a beautifully written and meticulously researched volume. Talbot drew upon archives at Princeton University, where the Allen Dulles papers are housed. He also conducted research in other archives across the country. The documentary work is buttressed and amplified by interviews with the surviving daughter of Dulles, as well as interviews with the children of Dulles’ colleagues. Nearly forty pages of notes serve to document the author’s sources. One of the most revealing moments about Allen Dulles was when he was ten years old and spending time at the family’s lake home in upstate New York. After his five-year-old sister fell into the lake and was drifting away from him, Allen stood stock still, “strangely impassive. The boy just stood on the dock and watched as his little sister drifted away.” (p. 19) Fortunately, the child was rescued by the mother. The behavior of young Allen is representative of a lifelong predilection for observing the imponderables of life as an insider while looking to others to “risk their skins.” For this little boy, the world was already forming into a chessboard with pawns to manipulate for his self-serving needs. In one of the most riveting moments of the book, Talbot describes an interchange between Dulles and researcher David Lifton at a colloquium on the JFK assassination at the campus of UCLA in 1965. Lifton came prepared to challenge Dulles on major deficiencies of the Warren Report. By the end of the evening, the students attending the session were more interested in Lifton’s findings than Dulles’ unsuccessful attempts to deflect the tough questions. In retrospect, Lifton apparently claimed that he “was in the presence of ‘evil’ that night.” (p. 591) A heretofore unanswered question about the JFK assassination is what was Allen Dulles was doing between the time he was fired by JFK as Director of the CIA in 1961 until the moment of the assassination on November 22, 1963. A related question is how was it conceivable for Dulles to have been appointed to the Warren Commission that eventually produced the conclusions that are still accepted by mainstream historians and the media? Talbot’s intensive research helps to shed on light on those questions by tracing the arc of development of the career of Allen Dulles as a high-powered attorney at the center of the elitist East Coast establishment, his shocking collaboration with the Nazis while working in the OSS, and his career in clandestine activities at the CIA. Talbot’s research probes not merely the activities of Dulles as Director of the CIA, but explores the broader context of his function over three decades as a power broker, whose “efforts were directed not against hostile governments but against his own.” (p. 3) In many ways, “The Devil’s Chessboard” is a companion volume to Talbot’s essential study “Brothers,” which focuses on the relationship of John and Robert Kennedy, the assassination of JFK in Dallas, and the aftereffects on RFK. But the more recent book covers the broader scope of how the American government was transformed into national security state in the years following World War II. One of the pivotal figures at work behind the scenes was Allen Dulles. Talbot’s goal in preparing this book is to demonstrate the urgency of coming to terms with our past and how “it is essential that we continue to fight for the right to own our history.” (p. xii) An excellent place to begin that quest is to own this book. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.