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October 6, 2013
Stephen Kinzer
Author, "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War"
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Stephen Kinzer majored in history at Boston University. In 1983, he joined the New York Times as a foreign correspondent and has been the Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Berlin, and Istanbul. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor at Boston University and Northwestern University. This is his fifth book. He lives in Boston with his wife.

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Info: Our guest is journalist and author Stephen Kinzer to discuss his most recent book titled, “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War.” He points out that John Foster served as Secretary of State and Allen as CIA Director. Kinzer says, “These two brothers were about the most extraordinary pair of siblings to emerge in American History, at least up to that point.” He explains how the Dulles brothers simultaneously led the “overt and covert” operations of U.S. foreign policy. The brothers despised Communism. Kinzer discusses how the Dulles brothers are ultimately responsible for many of the geopolitical problems that America faces today. He describes their roles in multiple U.S. led overthrows including that of Prime Minister Mossadegh in Iran and President Arbenz in Guatemala. Kinzer also highlights the personality and character traits of the brothers including the fact that Allen had numerous extra marital affairs and John Foster never smiled. Kinzer emphasizes how forgotten the brothers are today despite their outsized impact on United States foreign policy some sixty years later. Kinzer says, “In the 1950s every literate human being in the world knew the name Dulles.”

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