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Explaining History Podcast: Twenty five minutes of weekly analysis on the 20th Century for students and enthusiasts

The Explaining History Podcast has been exploring the 20th Century in weekly chapters for the past 10 years, helping students and enthusiasts engage with the past. With the help of expert guests, your host Nick Shepley n
1/13/2023

The Dulles Brothers and Eisenhower - 1954

In this episode of the Explaining History Podcast, we dive into the story of the Dulles brothers and their impact on the Eisenhower administration in 1954. We explore the backgrounds of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, their rise to power, and the key events of their tenure as Secretary of State and Director of the CIA, respectively. We discuss their role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War, including their involvement in the 1954 coup in Guatemala, and the Suez Crisis. We also examine the relationship between the Dulles brothers and President Eisenhower, and the influence they had on his administration.Key Takeaways:The Dulles brothers, John Foster and Allen, played a significant role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War.As Secretary of State and Director of the CIA, respectively, the brothers were involved in key events such as the 1954 coup in Guatemala and the Suez Crisis.The relationship between the Dulles brothers and President Eisenhower was complex, with the brothers often exerting significant influence on his administration.Discussion Questions:How did the Dulles brothers' backgrounds and experiences shape their approach to foreign policy?What were the major events of their tenure, and how did they impact US foreign policy?How did the Dulles brothers' influence on the Eisenhower administration compare to that of other advisors?Links and Further Reading:The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer"The Dulles Brothers and the Eisenhower Administration" by Peter Grose in Diplomatic History"The Dulles Brothers and the Cold War" by David Tal in International History ReviewMusic credit: "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/