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Gentleman spy : the life of Allen Dulles

Author: Peter Grose
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this Masterly Biography, Allen Dulles emerges from the shadows that have concealed him for more than thirty years as one of the most intriguing figures in recent American history. A spymaster, a worldly patrician prone to romantic adventure, head of the Central Intelligence Agency under Eisenhower and Kennedy, Dulles was the creator of an intelligence establishment that bears his controversial mark even today.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grose, Peter, 1934-
Gentleman spy.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994
(OCoLC)622372022
Named Person: Allen Dulles; Allen Welsh Dulles; Allen Dulles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Grose
ISBN: 0395516072 9780395516072
OCLC Number: 30892618
Notes: "A Richard Todd book."
Description: xi, 641 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Spy
Responsibility: Peter Grose.
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In this Masterly Biography, Allen Dulles emerges from the shadows that have concealed him for more than thirty years as one of the most intriguing figures in recent American history. A spymaster, a worldly patrician prone to romantic adventure, head of the Central Intelligence Agency under Eisenhower and Kennedy, Dulles was the creator of an intelligence establishment that bears his controversial mark even today. Dulles was destined for a life of public service, starting as a young diplomat representing the United States at the funeral in 1916 of the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef in Vienna. Five decades later, as a sophisticated elder statesman, he played the delicate role of "double agent" on the Warren Commission - investigating the Kennedy assassination and preserving the secrets of the CIA at the same time. Along the way he managed to cloak himself in mystery and personal power. His life touched upon the great moments of the American twentieth century.

In the State Department, in the private practice of international law, in the wartime OSS, and in the CIA, Dulles devoted his life to "the craft of intelligence," including bold and aggressive pursuit of covert actions to further what he perceived as America's political interests abroad.

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