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.
Daniel Ortega, a hermit tyrant, is ordering the arrests of political rivals and leading his country down a path that gets darker and darker.
The 17-year Nicaraguan president is now jailing his election opposition and rivals, many of them fellow ex-Sandinistas, now in their 70s.
The Congolese prime minister with a tragically brief tenure lives on as a secular saint, much like his contemporaries JFK and Che.
The United States and our allies tout the ‘rules-based international order’ — but who’s making the rules?
The Watson Institute talks to @stephenkinzer about US foreign policy and the withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.