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The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War (2013) [audiobook+ebook]

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A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today’s world

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 places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He 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—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town 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.

Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, 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.

The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world.

File Duration
00 Title, Introduction.mp3 7m44s
01 p1 Two Brothers c01 Unmentionable Happenings.mp3 1h19m
02 c02 The Taint of My Environment.mp3 1h6m
03 c03 Dull, Duller, Dulles.mp3 1h0m
04 c04 That Fella from Wall Street.mp3 1h2m
05 p2 Six Monsters c05 A Whirling Dervish with a College Education.mp3 1h24m
06 c6 The Most Forthright Pro-Communist.mp3 1h12m
07 c07 A Matchless Interplay of Ruthlessness and Guile.mp3 1h43m
08 c08 The Self-Intoxicated President.mp3 1h17m
09 c09 The Tall, Goateed Radical.mp3 1h32m
10 c10 The Bearded Strongman.mp3 56m18s
11 p3 One Century c11 A Face of God, Credits.mp3 45m22s
Total Duration 13h24m24s

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