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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Amazing and disturbing

    The fact that this is relatively recent history is scary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    Well all right. Finished this baby and found it stunningly infor

    Well all right. Finished this baby and found it stunningly informative. These two brothers epitomized the best and the worst of American foreign policy during the Cold War period. They both had long careers in the foreign service, corporate law and international business and a dash of espionage and spying during the Second World War. They worked their magic prior to the Cold War by associating with the rich and connected moving chess pieces around the world chess board in service to their business associates. They became very wealthy and single-minded in their hatred for Communism and the Soviet Union in particular. With both ends of American policy in their hands, they contrived along with their boss, President Eisenhower, to attack both diplomatically and physically any of the leaders and countries they viewed as threats to the "American Way of Life". This included the Soviet Union itself and its East European allies, freedom loving states like Iran under Mossadegh, Guatemala under Arbenz, and nationalist governments in Egypt, Laos and the Congo. They used tax monies to buy politicians and corrupt officials in these countries as well as arm insurgents and "dead enders" looking to overthrow legitimately elected governments. The older brother Foster, was a driven person whose policy focus and obsessive thinking has had a lasting influence on American policy to the present day. And sadly not for the best. The other character, Allen, was a smart but deadly man who played with men's lives and made his rationalizations of how much good he was doing for America while directing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in its early years. Their record of mayhem, failure and murder in service to a clueless American public is legion. Or was the American public not clueless but onboard with the antics of its CIA. The book is wonderful in relating the history of these two men, their work in their respective government posts and the wreckage that they left. Definitely worth reading to get a better handle on what America has wrought in the world in the last century (and no doubt is doing similarly this century).”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    A useful and informative addition to American foreign policy boo

    A useful and informative addition to American foreign policy books. Well-researched and generally well-written. See all the professional reviews above. Hardcover edition has extensive footnotes and lengthy bibliography. The same notes and bibliography are available in the Nook version, although one has to go through a few steps to access them, which is a problem.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Titallating, but unreferenced

    Aside from the fact that the book seems to jump around a bit, it is interesting; but there are no foot/end notes and the quoted material is often not attributed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    I like pie

    Pie is awsone

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    I never recieved this book, and I have paid for it.

    B & N has not responded to any of my contacts (email, chat and phone calls)!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Poorly written, at least in Nook form. Fascinating subject, but

    Poorly written, at least in Nook form. Fascinating subject, but poorly delivered. Way too much money for what you get.

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