3 March 2023 — 12:00 noon — GAR 4.100
John Lisle (UT)
Book launch: “The Dirty Tricks Department: Stanley Lovell, the OSS, and the Masterminds of World War II Secret Warfare”
At this gathering, we will celebrate the forthcoming publication of John Lisle’s new book, “The Dirty Tricks Department: Stanley Lovell, the OSS, and the Masterminds of World War
II Secret Warfare,” due out next week from St. Martin’s Press. In it, John tells how Lovell and other scientists at the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA, developed secret weapons, devised spy gadgets, and plotted the assassination of foreign leaders during World War II, while also paving the way for some of the CIA’s most notorious later misdeeds.
Here’s a link to the publisher’s website: The Dirty Tricks Department.
John Lisle earned his PhD from the UT History Department in 2019 with a dissertation on science and espionage during World War II. After a stint teaching in a cybersecurity program at Louisiana Tech, he is now back in Austin and teaching history of science courses in UT’s Core Texts and Ideas program. He was recently awarded a grant by the NEH’s extremely competitive Public Scholars program to support work on his next project, in which he will draw on a trove of documents from the famed civil rights lawyer Joseph Rauh to shed light on the CIA’s shadowy MKULTRA program, which used unsuspecting
Americans as guinea pigs for experiments on mind control and related techniques.