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Past Event

Stephen Kinzer: Mind Control and the CIA

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Stephen Kinzer is the author of nine books, including: The True Flag, The Brothers, Overthrow and All the Shah’s Men. He is also an award-winning foreign correspondent and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe. His new book tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret medical experiments of the 1950s and ’60s. Drawing on original interviews, survivors’ testimonies and documentary research, Kinzer brings to light this massive hunt for the secret of mind control that spanned several countries, including the work of Nazi scientists, and lead to experimentation on government employees (willing and unwilling), foreign politicians, children, prisoners, sex workers and anyone else the poisoner in chief deemed threatening or expendable. Come hear a startling tale of the most powerful unknown Americans of the 20th century and of government lies and deception.


Kinzer photo by Koray Kasap

October 3, 2019

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Stephen Kinzer

Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University; Former New York Times Bureau Chief for Nicaragua, Germany and Turkey; Author, Poisoner In Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

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Robert Rosenthal

Board Member and Executive Producer, The Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator


5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. book signing