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The CIA's Control of Candy Jones

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In the 26 years since The Control of Candy Jones was first published, the controversy surrounding this wrenching tale of how one of America's most famous models was used by the CIA as a human guinea pig in its infamous mind control experiments, has never completely vanished. It has remained a "cult book," fueling the cause of critics of the CIA, and further defining the no ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Barricade Books (first published January 1st 1976)
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Jennifer
Apr 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
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(review originally appeared on bookslut)

When I first picked up a copy of The CIA's Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, I thought it was a work of fiction. Even though the back of the book suggested otherwise, the plot seemed just too bizarre to be true. One of America's most famous models, brainwashed by the CIA? I don't have much problem believing the CIA brainwashes people, but a model? Really, what would be the point? However, this book and the real life events it is based on, is yet anot
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S.P. Aruna
Sep 19, 2016 S.P. Aruna rated it really liked it
This is an account of a woman's secret life and the presence of an alternate personality as revealed through numerous hypnotic sessions conducted by her husband. Readers should be aware that there is no smoking gun here, no documentation to support her version of events. However, there was, and probably still is, a mind control program funded by the CIA in their search for a Manchurian Candidate, which involved hypnosis, mind-altering drugs, and torture, which lends some credence to her tale. Th ...more
Anita Dalton
One of the best things about conspiracy theory is that it is generally interesting. It may be crazy. It may make you doubt your own sanity as you read it (why yes, there IS something lizard-like about the British Royal family). But I defy you to read anything by David Icke, Jim Keith or Tex Marrs and not be entertained.

Never has conspiracy theory been more boring than it is in the hands of Donald Bain. He seems a competent enough writer, so the perhaps the problem lies not with his skill as a te
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Staggerlee337
Jul 09, 2008 Staggerlee337 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like espionage, intrigue
Recommended to Staggerlee337 by: Mom
I can't help but think this story and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind are so very closely linked. Of course, we all laughed when Chuck Barris said he was a hit man for the CIA. But the training techniques and the double life, well, it mirrors many facets of this book.

This is a woman who used her strengths to overcome some tough times. But the things she did for a paycheck! Well, I think if I were her husband John, I would have run for the hills. But he decided to crack the programming the CIA h
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Phyllis
Mar 06, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was ok
Legendary radio talk show host John Nebel marries professional former fashion model and lifestyle guru Candy Jones. On their honeymoon, he tries to use hypnotism to cure her insomnia and discovers she has a submerged personality that had been trained by the CIA to go on top secret super spy missions. And this second persona, Arlene, hates his guts. You know, that old thing. I can't believe HBO hasn't turned this into a series yet. Part of me thinks "no way did this really happen," but the CIA ha ...more
Julieta Steyr
Feb 02, 2016 Julieta Steyr rated it really liked it
It is an interesting book.
However the methods described are known, although most of those who tell such methods are treated like crazy.
Tony Calder
Jul 29, 2012 Tony Calder rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
The CIA has admitted to experiments with hypnosis and mind-affecting drugs as methods of mind control, so at least the basis of this book could be factual. But what we are presented with is a series of revelations taken from tape recordings made by John Nebel while he attempted to cure his wife's insomnia through hypnosis. John Nebel was a late night talk radio DJ, someone with no training in hypno-therapy, so what confidence can we have that the revelations are accurate? Donald Bain even states ...more
A.C.
May 25, 2011 A.C. rated it it was ok
The way that this book was written made it uncompelling to me. I get that they had to hypnotize her to get their story, but it would have been more interesting if they made that into a coherent narrative. Honestly, this book came across to me as fairly misogynist given the intense focus on the men in the story and how they had to manipulate her to get these tales out of her. It was really bewildering and seemed really unimportant other than to emphasize the control that the husband has over his ...more
Paige
Mar 25, 2012 Paige rated it liked it
It's like George Noory marries Cindy Crawford, then finds out she was programmed to be a spy. Sure the writing is a little dry for a conspiracy, but it kept me pretty interested. I do think it could have been edited better, or something. It also seemed kind of weird to me, cruel, how Candy's husband John Nebel kept putting her under hypnosis. I would've found a doctor pronto, but he seems to just put her under and question her extensively, and I wonder if that's really the best thing for her. It ...more
Jenny
May 09, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok
Haven't read anything this pulpy since Valley of the Dolls and that was fiction. Reminded me of a mild less eventful Sybil. I still love pulp but this one didn't really do it for me.
Andy
Oct 14, 2013 Andy rated it it was amazing
I was digging through some old reports of her husbands radio show and came across the story in this book. This is the earliest reports of CIA mind control and this one might actually be real.
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From Wikipedia: Donald Bain (born 1935) is a United States author and ghostwriter.

Author Jack Pearl is his cousin and sometime co-author.

Known Pseudonyms:
Jessica Fletcher
Joan Wood
J.D. Hardin
Nick Vasile
Mike Lundy
Pamela South
Lee Jackson
Stephanie Blake
Marjorie Margolies
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