By John D. Marks

"The CIA exposé to finish all CIA exposés." ―New York

A 'Manchurian Candidate' is an unwitting murderer brainwashed and programmed to kill. during this ebook, former country division officer John Marks tells the explosive tale of the CIA's hugely mystery application of experiments in brain keep an eye on. His interest first aroused via info on a difficult suicide. Marks labored from hundreds of thousands of pages of newly published files in addition to interviews and behavioral technological know-how reviews, generating a ebook that 'accomplished what Senate committees couldn't' (Senator Edward Kennedy).

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It was also a time when the United States had achieved a new preeiminence in the world. After World War II, American officials wielded the kind of power that diplomats frequently dream of. They established new alliances, new rulers, and even new nations to suit their purposes. They dispensed guns, favors, and aid to scores of nations. Consequently, American officials were noticed, respected, and pampered wherever they went— as never before. Their new sense of importance and their Cold War fears often made a dangerous combination—it is a fact of human nature that anyone who is both puffed up and afraid is someone to watch out for.

The men from ARTICHOKE found their most convenient source among the flotsam and jetsam of the international spy trade: "individuals of dubious loyalty, suspected agents or plants, subjects having known reason for deception, etc," as one Agency document described them. ARTICHOKE officials looked on these people as "unique research material," from whom meaningful secrets might be extracted while the experiments went on. It is fair to say that the CIA operators tended to put less value on the lives of these subjects than they did on those of American college students, upon whom preliminary, more benign testing was done.

His 1945 novel, Death in the Mind, concerned a series of seemingly treasonable acts committed by Allied personnel: an American submarine captain torpedoes one of our own battleships, and the beautiful heroine starts acting in an irrational way which serves the enemy. After a perilous investigation, secret agent Johnny Evans learns that the Germans have been hypnotizing Allied personnel and conditioning them to obey Nazi commands. Evans and his cohorts, shaken by the many ways hypnotism can be used against them, set up elaborate countermeasures and then cannot resist going on the offensive.

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