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

ISBN-10: 0805094970
ISBN-13: 9780805094978
Edition: 2013
Authors: Stephen Kinzer
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today’s worldDuring 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.

Stephen Kinzer is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Introduction
Two Brothers
Unmentionable Happenings
The Taint of My Environment
Dull, Duller, Dulles
That Fella from Wall Street
Six Monsters
A Whirling Dervish with a College Education
The Most Forthright Pro-Communist
A Matchless Interplay of Ruthlessness and Guile
The Self-Intoxicated President
The Tall, Goateed Radical
The Bearded Strongman
One Century
A Face of God
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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