The bestselling 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.
Justifiable protests against the regime in Havana are undermined by support from Washington.
Concern over environmental plunder is fueling protests that could reshape politics in several countries.
Putting aside power rivalries would require some painful compromises. But it’s our best chance to address the world’s problems.
Two centuries ago, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica formed a national federation. That country’s breakup is a warning for divided societies today.