American political history is filled with famous brothers. The Kennedys. The Bushes. The Kochs. In “The Brothers,” author and veteran New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer casts the spotlight on John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, the secretary of state and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, respectively, under the Eisenhower Administration.
The Dulles brothers headed violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States, and set the stage for the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The book is a biography of the Dulles brothers as well as that of modern America. Through the lives of the John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, Kinzer examines how our country became what it has become.
Stephen Kinzer, author of “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War” (Times Book, October 2013) and is a veteran New York Times correspondent.