Allen Dulles: Master of Spies
"This marvelously detailed biography of Allen Dulles, one of the few CIA directors who devoted much of his life to intelligence operations, traces much of the history of the United States in the twentieth century through these operations. Dulles's virtues - and weaknesses - are revealed. We are left with a full portrait of an authentic American patriot and statesman."
James Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense
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Thirty years after Allen Dulles's death, journalist Srodes presents a biography of one of our country's foremost spymasters, a man who set the standard for espionage. Dulles came from an Ivy League ... Read full review
James Srodes is either a starry-eyed, gullible spy worshipper or a disinformationist worthy of a CIA security clearance. His whitewashed version of Allen Dulles's life and the role of the CIA in 20th century America will, no doubt, comfort those who believe American intelligence worked for the greater good of democracy, but it will be ridiculed and reviled by those who know the real history of CIA atrocities.
Strode glosses over Dulles's diabolical deeds, so let's enumerate them here, lest the lies infect potential readers. Operation Paperclip, the safe evacuation of Nazi war criminals after WWII, was Dulles's brainchild. Monsters like Walter Dornberger, Hubertus Strughold, Reinhard Gehlen, and thousands of others were rescued from the hangman's noose and given jobs, security clearances, and cushy jobs in America's military-industrial-intelligenc complex. Why? So that the CIA could use their unique skills in the Cold War. Some of those skills were brainwashing/drugging/torturing know-how, implemented in Dulles's MK-ULTRA, the search for the Manchurian Candidate. In the process, innocent Americans were tortured and murdered (including the CIA's own Dr. Frank Olson, who threatened to blow the whistle on the whole operation)in an experiment that ultimately was an abysmal failure.
Dulles and the CIA did not stop there. They subverted and sabotaged the free press in America, through coercion of honest media assets and the planting of CIA media assets. Frank Wisner, who ran the program for Dulles in the '50s, once boasted that Operation Mockingbird, as it was called, was like his own "mighty Wurlitzer. I can play any tune I want on it, and America will follow along." The goal was to suppress any exposure of the CIA's black ops, and spread propaganda about left-leaning movements here and abroad. William Colby, head of CIA for a time in the '70s, admitted that "the CIA owns everyone of any significance at all major media outlets."
The assassinations of duly elected leaders and the installation of fascist tyrants in their place is a book unto itself. Space is limited here, so let's just say Dulles sanctioned and implemented too many plots to enumerate.
Given these facts, one has to wonder where Srodes gets his information and what his motives were for writing such a sanitized, Pollyanna-ish version of Dulles's career. Since Dulles, it can be argued, was one of the most powerful figures of the 20th century, authors compelled to write about him have an obligation to dig below the surface and find the truth of his life. Srodes apparently neither needed nor desired to exert the effort.
Allen Welsh Dulles 18931969
December 1942August 1943