Dulles: A Biography of Eleanor, Allen & John Foster Dulles & Their Family Network
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Dulles: A Biography of Eleanor, Allen & John Foster Dulles & Their Family Network

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Prologue: The Man Upstairs
Cradle Marks
Breaking Out
Two Abroad
Foster Father
Mixed Marriage
Enter Wild Bill
Pontificating American!
Swiss Role
Dumbarton Acorns
Lucky Rear
Call to Battle
The Gospel According to Luke
Beetle Juice
All Aboard
Bread & Circuses
Published 1978 by Hodder & Stoughton
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I picked this up a while ago at a thrift store, had picked it up and put it down for over a year.

An interesting study in a family that had its hands on the levers of American foreign policy for the better part of the first half of the 20th Century. Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State, Allen Dulles, director of the CIA, and their sister, Eleanor.

Long on detail, somewhat short on analysis except towards the end, when the author's correspondence with the double-agent Kim Philby puts an i...more
Erik Graff
Jan 17, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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The foreign policy of the United States during the Eisenhower administration was, as represented by this joint biography, run by three Dulles siblings. Foster, the elder, ran the State Department. Allen ran the C.I.A. Eleanor was Minister to Germany. Eisenhower, represented as more interested in golf than in government, was basically an expedient tool of others, the popular ticket to power for Allen and Foster, Eleanor having made, despite much resistance owing to her gender, her own way. When h...more
Note: I admit to many SPOILERS, but can there be spoilers in a biography?

This is a very strange book. The information is excellent, it is well-written and moves right along. In order to enjoy the book, however, you have to accept the premise: John Foster Dulles is very, very IMPORTANT!

John Foster Dulles is so very important that you have to accept that his uncle, the Secretary of State under Wilson, was right exert his influence to get him a job that he had failed to get himself at a top Wall St...more
I have to question the honesty of this book or the accuracy of the quotes the author claims to have been made by the various people mentioned in the book.. It was so easy to tell which people he liked and those he did not like. It is just what you have to expect from most bios. But it was well written and easy to follow
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