Stephen Kinzer speaks on Fresh Air today about his book “The Brothers” about John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (Director of the CIA) under President Eisenhower. The two ran the nation’s overt and covert operations without much outside consultation:
They also saw the world in precisely the same way. What this meant was when they were making a decision about carrying out some earth-shattering operation; they never had to consult anyone else. Under other circumstances you might’ve had the half dozen Latin America experts of the CIA and the half dozen guys from the State Department, and they would sit around a table and try to figure out if this was a good idea or not. But having the two brothers meant that you never had to consult anyone else. They served as a reverberating echo chamber for their own shared certainties.
Hear the full interview, read more interview highlights, and read the intro of Kinzer’s book here