{Exclusive} David Talbot’s True-Story Spy Thriller “The Devil’s Chessboard” Plays Rights Market



〉 Talbot’s expose of former CIA Director Allen Dulles has been hailed as one of the year’s best spy thrillers

Salon.com founder has a new book on the and rights market, THE DEVIL’S CHESSBOARD: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. Since its release, the book has already been praised as one of the year’s best spy thrillers–despite the fact that it’s a completely true story. is attached to produce, but the and film rights are still available.

Talbot’s non-fiction is an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful–and secretive–colossus in Washington. Drawing on revelatory new materials–including newly discovered US government , US and European intelligence sources, the personal and journals of Allen Dulles’s wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of CIA officials–Talbot exposes the underside of one of America’s most powerful and influential figures.

During his tenure as head of the CIA during the early Cold War, Dulles oversaw the Guatemalan coup, Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 program and the Bay of Pigs invasion. He also served on the Warren Commission following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

With the performance of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and the continued blockbuster success of the Mission Impossible and Bond franchise, there’s clearly an audience for Cold War-era intrigue and fascinating spy stories, especially rooted in real-life characters and actual events.

The book was published by Harper in October. Talbot is repped by of ICM, with handling the and film rights.

Talbot is the author of the Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the former editor-in-chief of Salon.


 | Staff Writer

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