The brothers : John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and their secret world war
The brothers : John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and their secret world war

Kinzer, Stephen.


First Edition.

Physical Description
402 pages ; 25 cm

A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into foreign adventures that decisively shaped today's world as the Cold War was at its peak.
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 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 about noble gunmen who clean up lawless towns 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. 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.--From publisher description.

Personal Subject
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Dulles, Allen, 1893-1969.

Corporate Subject
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.

Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 20th century.

Geographic Term
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961.

LibraryCollectionMaterial TypeCall NumberStatus
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