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David Talbot discusses "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles and the Rise of America's Sec

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Bob Baldock
Location Details:
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

David Talbot, founder and former CEO of, has written an explosive portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into a powerful, secretive and ruthless organization that changed world history and dragged America from democracy into the current national security state, militarily maintaining world dominance, with a government controlled by corporate power. This shocking history, "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles and the Rise of America's Secret Government" is thoroughly and convincingly indexed. KPFA manager Quincy McCoy will host this KPFA benefit.
Added to the calendar on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 8:23AM
§David Talbot: Allen Dulles & the Rise of National Security State
by First Congregational Church of Berkeley
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Drawing on revelatory new materials-including recently discovered US government documents, US and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and private journals of Dulles's wife and mistress, plus exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials-David Talbot reveals the dark underside of one of America's most influential figures. Dulles's decade as director of the CIA, which he covertly used to further his own public and private agendas, was a horrific time in American politics. Deeming himself above the law, Dulles manipulated and subverted U.S. presidents in pursuit of his own interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as friends and clients. Targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in accord with his political aims, Dulles went on to employ the same tactics in the U.S., Talbot contends, including persuasive new evidence concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD" really about the power elite, the corporate executives, government leaders, and top military officials who controlled the world. ... all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened." - Kirkus Starred Review

DAVID TALBOT, is the founder and former CEO of, and was senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, plus features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time and other major publications. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the national bestseller Season of the Witch.

Hosted by QUINCY McCOY, author of No Static: A Guide to Creative Radio Programing, and the General Manager of KPFA Radio.

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, S.F. - Modern Times. $15 door, KPFA benefit
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