David Talbot

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Born 1951-09-22
Los Angeles, California
Parents Lyle Talbot
Spouse Camille Peri
Interests • Allan Dulles
• Deep State
David Talbot in conversation with Peter Dale Scott

David Talbot is a researcher and author.

Career

David Talbot founded Salon.com.

Publications

The Devil's Chessboard

Talbot's book The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government is a biography examining the career of Allen Dulles.[1] According to Talbot, Dulles orchestrated the JFK assassination at the behest of corporate leaders who perceived him to be threat to "national security", lobbied Lyndon B. Johnson to have himself appointed to the Warren Commission, then arranged Lee Harvey Oswald as the 'lone nut" patsy.[1] The book charges that the RFK assassination was also arranged by the same cabal as they feared that he would expose his brother's killers.[1]

Reviews

Jim DiEugenio stated that "Talbot’s work is not without flaws — which I will detail later. But it is so far ahead of its competitors, and it deals with such a wide variety of important subjects, that I strongly recommend reading it. Most books I review in this field I read once, and then walk outside and throw them in the dumpster. Talbot’s book is so large in scale, so rich in detail, so wide-ranging and relevant in its gallop through time, that I read it twice—all the while writing 43 pages of notes in preparation for this review. It was the only way to do the book justice. And anyone who says they can grasp and appreciate the 620 pages of text in one reading is not being candid."[2]

In a review for the San Francisco Chronicle, Glenn C. Altschuler stated that "Talbot’s indictment is long, varied and sensational."[1] The book paints a damning picture of Allen Dulles, who appears quite clearly to be a psychopath through acts such as volunteering his own children for CIA-sponsored torture such as the MK-Ultra.[3]

In a review for Talbot's Salon.com, Liam O'Donoghue writes that "Talbot details how it was not only enemies who had reason to fear Dulles, but his own friends and family, as well. The book veers into a dark, terrifying investigation of the MKUltra Project, a hideous “mind control program” developed by the CIA during Dulles’ reign as director, that dosed unsuspecting people with LSD, pushed the limits of sleep deprivation and engaged in other deeply unethical experiments. The program has been exposed, bit by bit, over decades, thanks to lawsuits and previous investigative reporting, but Talbot sheds light on how Dulles subjected his own son and attempted to “enroll” his wife in these hideous “therapies.”"[4]

Reviews

In 2013 Talbot included Peter Dale Scott's Deep Politics and the Death of JFK in his list of top seven "best books on the subject", describing the work as a "masterpiece, a meticulously detailed examination of the deep network of power that underlies the events in Dallas.... filled with provocative insights about how the upper circles of U.S. power actually operate."


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