Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

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The bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.

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.

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  • David Wineberg

    One of the (many) problems with the CIA is who knows what. The less you know, the less you have to lie about and potentially get caught on. Or catch the agency on, which is worse. The result is illega...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    I know this sounds like a loonybook, but Kinzer isn't a loony. Gottlieb was very real, and this book contains nothing that stretches the bounds of reality. In fact, it's all so well-documented, and Ki...

  • Louise

    Stephen Kinzer demonstrates his research skills by reconstructing MK-ULTRA and Sidney Gottlieb’s deep involvement. Good reviews of this book can be found through most media sources, so I will only c...

  • Nancy Oakes

    Between 4 and 4.5; full post here:http://www.nonfictionrealstuff.com/20...As the reviewer of this book for The San Francisco Review of Books wrote, Poisoner in Chief is an "awful story, told fast and ...

  • Ross Blocher

    MK-ULTRA, the notorious CIA mind control program, has always occupied a murky place in my own mind. Having heard about it alternately through factual and conspiratorial sources, I've never been fully ...

  • Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.In the early days of the cold war, the CIA rose from the ashes of the OSS. The higher ups were obsessed with the ideas of brain washing and mind control. They we...

  • Steven Z.

    Stephen Kinzer’s latest book, POISONER IN CHIEF: SIDNEY GOTTLIEB AND THE CIA SEARCH FOR MIND CONTROL is a very troubling and disconcerting book. The fact that the United States government sanctioned...

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    Thanks to Fresh AirAs so often happens, most of the non- fiction works that I read come out of hearing an episode of the National Public radio show, Fresh Air. I have never been disappointed by a book...

  • Lynn

    A disturbing portrait of Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA research into mind control. He believed as it the USA that there was a potential for communists to develop mind control drugs and experimented on t...

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