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Poisoner in chief  : Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA search for mind control  Cover Image Book Book

Poisoner in chief : Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA search for mind control / Stephen Kinzer.

Kinzer, Stephen, (author.).


"The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA's master magician and gentlehearted torturer--the agency's 'poisoner in chief.' As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace--including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world. Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about U.S. clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the twentieth century. Gottlieb's reckless experiments on 'expendable' human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats. During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action. Poisoner in Chief reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale" --Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 1250762626
  • ISBN: 9781250762627
  • Physical Description: 365 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-345) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
I needed more of a challenge -- Dirty business -- Willing and unwilling subjects -- The secret that was going to unlock the universe -- Abolishing consciousness -- Any effort to tamper with this project, MK-ULTRA, is not permitted -- Fell or jumped -- Operation midnight climax -- The divine mushroom -- Health alteration committee -- We must always remember to thank the CIA -- Let this die with us -- Some of our people were out of control in those days -- I feel victimized -- If Gottlieb is found guilty, it would be a real first -- You never can know what he was.
Subject: Gottlieb, Sidney, 1918-1999.
Project MKULTRA.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency > History > 20th century.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency > Employees > Biography.
Chemists > United States > Biography.
Intelligence service > United States > History > 20th century.
Brainwashing > United States > History > 20th century.
Hallucinogenic drugs > United States > History > 20th century.
LSD (Drug) > United States > History > 20th century.

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