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The Search For The Manchurian Candidate

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"The CIA exposé to end all CIA exposés." —New York
A 'Manchurian Candidate' is an unwitting assassin brainwashed and programmed to kill. In this book, former State Department officer John Marks tells the explosive story of the CIA's highly secret program of experiments in mind control. His curiosity first aroused by information on a puzzling suicide. Marks worked from thousands of pages of newly released documents as well as interviews and behavioral science studies, producing a book that 'accomplished what two ...

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Overview

"The CIA exposé to end all CIA exposés." —New York
A 'Manchurian Candidate' is an unwitting assassin brainwashed and programmed to kill. In this book, former State Department officer John Marks tells the explosive story of the CIA's highly secret program of experiments in mind control. His curiosity first aroused by information on a puzzling suicide. Marks worked from thousands of pages of newly released documents as well as interviews and behavioral science studies, producing a book that 'accomplished what two Senate committees could not' (Senator Edward Kennedy).

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Monthly
“A comprehensive, detailed and thoroughly readable account of the CIA safehouses, the brainwashing experiments, the involvement of the universities.”
Progressive
“Perhaps the most compelling, well-researched, organized and well-written account of CIA operations ever.”
American Political Science Review
“A serious effort to recontruct carefully the details of intelligence agency experiments with 'mind control.'”
Playboy
“One of the most important books of the year. . . . We see the CIA on the cutting edge of inquiry into hypnosis, drugs, brainwashing, personality assessment, psychosurgery, electric and radio stimulations of the brain, the creation of involuntary amnesia, terminal shock therapy.”
Washington Post
“Fascinating reading.”
Seymour Hersh
“A wonderful piece of investigative reporting. The best account we'll ever get of one of the seamiest episodes of American intelligence.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393307948
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 455,868
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

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    Some American soldiers were coming back from the Korean War spouting Communist rhetoric. Turns out they'd been captured and brainwashed. American government became interested in this, and CIA developed their own brainwashing program. This book is well written and well documented. Parts of it are terrifying. I recommend reading this book first, and then reading 'Trance Formation of America' by Cathy O'Brien and 'her rescuer' Mark Phillips. There are certainly many ethical challenges for anyone setting policy for intelligence agencies!

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