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 1973 overthrow of a democratically elected government led to disappearances, repression, and dictatorship. Today, many Chileans see it as a moment of liberation.
The ‘security dilemma’ explains why maneuvers meant to protect peace can lead to war.
Voters have elevated an anti-corruption reformer to the presidency of a country teetering on the edge of becoming a failed state.
The United States lavished military aid on Niger and nearby countries. But the ties we built have turned out to be tenuous.
Biden has been floating the idea of a defense pact with Saudi Arabia. What’s in that for us?