A one-sided view of two brothers, a polemic of the duo, the diplomat and the spy, both of whom shaped the US from the fifties through the Cold War:
During World War II, Allen returned to the Bern embassy, putting his mistress’s psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, to work for the Allied cause, recruiting a senior official of the German foreign office, tapping into the ill-fated conspiracy to kill Hitler, and playing a part in the surrender of the Nazi armies in Italy. Foster had a quieter war, helping to write the United Nations Charter and serving as an adviser at the U.N. founding conference in San Francisco. He had been Thomas E. Dewey’s foreign-policy adviser when the latter ran against FDR in the 1944 election.
The fateful culmination, in Mr. Kinzer\’s view, came when, “with the Dulles brothers as his right and left arms, [Dwight D. Eisenhower] led the United States into a secret global conflict that raged throughout his presidency.” By bringing us such memorable acts as the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Guatemala, Mr. Kinzer implies, the brothers gave us in the end the allegedly warlike, unjust, hated America we live in now.
“The Brothers” is a long book pieced together largely from secondary sources. Mr. Kinzer’s compilation of clandestine capitalist mischief rolls inexorably onward from first page to last, seldom pausing to speak good of the dead. This approach is one-sided and somewhat monotonous, at times even obsessive, but not exactly unfair. After all, the positive side of the story has often been told, and those who see merit in the brothers’ work are unlikely to be swayed by Mr. Kinzer’s fervent rebutta