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.
The Taliban aren’t likely to be America’s friends. But they don’t have to be our enemy either.
Two decades of delusion and confusion about America’s endgame in Afghanistan don’t make the Taliban takeover any less of a catastrophe. Just don’t call it a surprise.
External pressure hurts ordinary people and doesn’t budge incalcitrant regimes. But tough-guy posturing pays off for American presidents.
Our military’s long history of biological research complicates the quest to clear up what really happened in Wuhan.