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Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control (2019) [audiobook]

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Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control
By: Stephen Kinzer
Narrated by: James Linkin
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-10-19
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

2019 Best Books of the Year

The best-selling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.

The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer - the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace - including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world.

Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about US clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the 20th century. Gottlieb’s reckless experiments on “expendable” human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats.

During his 22 years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action. Poisoner in Chief reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale.


The chapter numbers in the actual mp3 id3 tag of this audiobook are out of order. But the filenames themselves are in order and chapterized from the original Audible audiobook, just in case anybody notices this in their folders and wonders what's up...


Never mind, I found and added a few external trackers to the announce list.

I forgot about this one. Luckily somebody from ConCen cross-seeded this later on, as I didn't have this one backed-up anywhere else. Very useful information. I reckon there have been several other Sidney Gottlieb's in covert military R&D programs over the decades... except utilizing more modern and advanced technologies.

How far has mind control research come, I wonder (as Big Brother's cloned brainwaves in a quantum computer, hooked up to a hive mind matrix of the entire globe, peers and does real-time surveillance through my own brainwaves)...