A ‘Manchurian Candidate’ is an unwitting assassin brainwashed and programmed to kill.
In this book, former State Department officer John Marks tells the explosive story of the CIA’s highly secret program of experiments in mind control.
His curiosity first aroused by information on a puzzling suicide.
Marks worked from thousands of pages of newly released documents as well as interviews and behavioral science studies,
producing a book that ‘accomplished what two Senate committees could not’
John D. Marks (born 1943) is the founder and former president of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that focuses on international conflict management programming.
Marks now acts as a Senior Adviser to SFCG. He is also a former Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State and co-authored the 1974 controversial non-fiction book The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence with Victor Marchetti.
Marks’ 1979 book, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate describes a wide range of CIA activities during the Cold War, including unethical drug experiments in the context of a mind-control and chemical interrogation research program Project MKUltra.
The book is based on 16,000 pages of CIA documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and many interviews,
including those with retired members of the psychological division of the CIA, and the book describes some of the work of psychologists in this effort with a whole chapter on the Personality Assessment System.