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

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A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped todays 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 countrys 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

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"Born into Eastern establishment privilege, these two men strode into the uppermost strata of the U.S. government with a virulent anti-communist bent that infused US foreign policy during the Cold War. The siblings were temperamental opposites. Foster was a social misfit and one-woman man who memorized biblical passages, while his younger brother, Allen, was a libertine with a taste for servants and prone to fits of debauchery. But brotherly camaraderie is tangential here as Kinzer (Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future), an award-winning journalist, focuses squarely on how the men became architects of the emerging superpower. Restrained from their most ambitious foreign adventures under the Truman administration, their fortunes changed when the next president, Dwight Eisenhower, appointed Foster to lead the State Department and Allen the CIA. Consumed by their quest to avert Soviet domination across the globe, their fingerprints were all over some of the most sordid episodes of the Cold War: bringing down duly elected governments in Guatemala and Iran; sowing the seeds of the Vietnam War; assassinating Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba; and attempting to overthrow Fidel Castro. This approachable history is a candid appraisal of how the Dulles's grandiose geopolitical calculations set in motion events that continue to reverberate in American foreign policy today. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Stephen Kinzer is the author of Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah's Men, and numerous other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times's bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe's Latin America correspondent. He is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, contributes to The New York Review of Books, and writes a column on world affairs for The Guardian. He lives in Boston.

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

PART I: TWO BROTHERS

      1. Unmentionable Happenings      7

      2. The Taint of My Environment      37

      3. Dull, Duller, Dulles      63

      4. That Fella from Wall Street      86

PART II: SIX MONSTERS

      5. A Whirling Dervish with a College Education      119

      6. The Most Forthright Pro-Communist      147

      7. A Matchless Interplay of Ruthlessness and Guile      175

      8. The Self-Intoxicated President      216

      9. The Tall, Goateed Radical      247

      10. The Bearded Strongman      284

PART III: ONE CENTURY

      11. A Face of God      311

Notes      329

Bibliography      368

Acknowledgments      383

Index      385

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Garylovestoread, November 18, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
Wow! That should be enough of a description for someone to go out and buy this book, enjoy it, be enthralled by it, be scared of it, and wonder how it happened and if it is still happening. While we thought the Bush Dynasty (2 Presidents, 2 Governors and a US Senator) and the Kennedy Dynasty (a President, two Senators) was imposing, we have forgotten about the Dulles clan. Grandfather and Uncle were Secretary of STate, John Foster was Secretary of STate and his brother the head of the CIA. And if their sister was alive today, she the the smarts to be the 1st Woman president. Amazing how much power these two brothers had, with their ability to work deep within the confines of the STate Department and CIA to manipulate other countries and ultimately the history of the US and the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels disatisfation with the world today, who feels like they don't understand why things happen the way they do.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805094978
Author:
Kinzer, Stephen
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Political
Subject:
American Government/Executive Branch
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Intelligence & Espionage
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20141007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 bandw photos in 1 8-pg. insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Born into Eastern establishment privilege, these two men strode into the uppermost strata of the U.S. government with a virulent anti-communist bent that infused US foreign policy during the Cold War. The siblings were temperamental opposites. Foster was a social misfit and one-woman man who memorized biblical passages, while his younger brother, Allen, was a libertine with a taste for servants and prone to fits of debauchery. But brotherly camaraderie is tangential here as Kinzer (Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future), an award-winning journalist, focuses squarely on how the men became architects of the emerging superpower. Restrained from their most ambitious foreign adventures under the Truman administration, their fortunes changed when the next president, Dwight Eisenhower, appointed Foster to lead the State Department and Allen the CIA. Consumed by their quest to avert Soviet domination across the globe, their fingerprints were all over some of the most sordid episodes of the Cold War: bringing down duly elected governments in Guatemala and Iran; sowing the seeds of the Vietnam War; assassinating Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba; and attempting to overthrow Fidel Castro. This approachable history is a candid appraisal of how the Dulles's grandiose geopolitical calculations set in motion events that continue to reverberate in American foreign policy today. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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