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by Douglas Waller,Johnny Heller

  • ISBN: 1452651663
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Douglas Waller,Johnny Heller
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (March 28, 2011)
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Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in his OSS sneaking behind enemy lines for sabotage, breaking into Washington embassies to steal secrets, plotting to topple Adolf Hitler, and suffering brutal torture or death when.

Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in his OSS sneaking behind enemy lines for sabotage, breaking into Washington embassies to steal secrets, plotting to topple Adolf Hitler, and suffering brutal torture or death when they were captured by the Gestapo. It is also a tale of political intrigue, of infighting at the highest levels of government, of powerful men pitted against one another. Donovan fought enemies at home as often as the Axis abroad

Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in his OSS sneaking behind enemy lines for sabotage, breaking into Washington embassies to steal secrets, plotting t. . Generals in the Pentagon plotted against him. J. Edgar Hoover had FBI agents dig up dirt on him. Donovan stole secrets from the Soviets before the dawn of the Cold War and had intense battles with Winston Churchill and British spy chiefs over foreign turf.

He was America's first professional spymaster In France, Donovan was a soldier's soldier, fearless in combat and deeply.

He was America's first professional spymaster. He was all that and more, a man of legendary achievement who lived a life of adventures suitable for pulp magazines or radio series. The exploits of the man known as Wild Bill were all true, however, and Douglas Waller has done a great service with his lively, engrossing, and much-needed biography Wild Bill Donovan. A native of Buffalo, New York, Donovan first made a name for himself as an attorney with a flair for living large. In France, Donovan was a soldier's soldier, fearless in combat and deeply concerned with his men's welfare. In the run-up to combat, Donovan spared nothing to toughen them up and train them.

AUTHOR (Photo: General Bill Donovan, creator of the OSS, addresses the volunteer agents known as Jedburghs for the location . OSS trained many of the leaders and personnel who formed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

AUTHOR (Photo: General Bill Donovan, creator of the OSS, addresses the volunteer agents known as Jedburghs for the location of the training facility in Scotland. Their ranks included four future Directors of Central Intelligence: Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey. Ironically, however, the one OSS veteran who did the most to promote such an agency-William J. Donovan-did not make the transition to it.

Douglas Waller Booklist Douglas Waller Message Board. The OSS was disbanded after World War II in the general haste to demobilize. Books with storylines, themes & endings like Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created The OSS and Modern American Espionage. When the CIA was formed, it was staffed predominantly by Donovan's people but there was no space for the old warhorse himself. He returned to the practice of law but found it dull. Churchill: The Unexpected Hero by Paul Addison.

Douglas Waller’s new book is the first truly objective biography of this key figure. OSS veterans filled the ranks of the CIA for decades. It belongs on the reading list for any course in the history of US Intelligence, and will be of great interest to professionals as well as military history geeks and spy-craft fanboys and fangirls. Allen W. Dulles, who ran OSS operations in Switzerland during the war, became the longest serving Director of Central Intelligence (1953-1961). As a young naval officer, Richard Helms (DCI, 1966-73) organized OSS teams to infiltrate Germany.

Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, 'Wild Bill' Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never seen before.

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, "Wild Bill" Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA.

Wild Bill Donovan - Douglas Waller. Wild Bill Donovan, the founding father of American espionage, jumps off the page in Douglas Waller’s superb biography of one of the nation’s most important and least understood leaders of the 20th century. Praise for Wild Bill Donovan. Entertaining history. Waller marvelously evokes an era when a matinee-idol character like Donovan could turn Washington into his own secret playground even as he ended America’s naïveté about the necessity of stealing the secrets of other gentlemen.

He was one of America's most exciting and secretive generals-the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, "Wild Bill" Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never seen before. Now, veteran journalist Douglas Waller has mined government documents and private archives throughout the United States and England, drawn on thousands of pages of recently declassified documents, and interviewed scores of Donovan's relatives, friends, and associates to produce a riveting biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage.The son of poor Irish Catholic parents, William Joseph Donovan married into Protestant wealth and fought heroically in World War I, where he earned the nickname "Wild Bill" for his intense leadership. After the war he made millions as a lawyer on Wall Street until FDR tapped him to be his strategic intelligence chief. A charismatic leader, Donovan was revered by his secret agents. Yet at times he was reckless, risking his life unnecessarily in war zones and engaging in extramarital affairs that became fodder for his political enemies.Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in Donovan's OSS sneaking behind enemy lines for sabotage, breaking into Washington embassies to steal secrets, plotting to topple Adolf Hitler, and suffering brutal torture or death when they were captured by the Gestapo. It is also a tale of political intrigue, of infighting at the highest levels of government, of powerful men pitted against one another. Deftly separating fact from fiction, Waller investigates the successes and the occasional spectacular failures of Donovan's intelligence career, making for a gripping and revealing portrait of this most controversial spymaster.
Reviews about Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage (7):
Inerrace
Whether you are a fan of General William Donovan or not, you must admit that he was an extremely important figure in the history of the Intelligence Community in the United States. This is a, "warts and all" piece of writing about "Wild Bill" Donovan. His work with OSS, SIS, SOE and MI-5, before, during and after World War II. His efforts shaped the manner in which CIA began and started to function as the "go to" source for the President of the United States.
Without General Donovan at the reins of OSS, the CIA might have wound up a very different organization.
General Donovan's personal life had some serious impact on just how the OSS functioned, while World War II was raging across the European and Pacific Theaters. This book puts that impact in a very complete manner and makes the book a "must read" for those interested in the history of espionage in the USA.
Overall, a very good book, but not perfect, as I have never read a "perfect book", yet.
Halloween
A comprehensive and obviously well-researched (and exhaustively footnoted) biography of Donovan. The consensus of 3.8 stars is about where I'd put it, as - notwithstanding the attention to details of his public life - the book still leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied on at least two levels.

First, what made the man tick? Sure, he seems like a man of action who "wanted to get things done" (and incidentally be accorded the titles, rank and accolades that go with it), but we're not sure exactly why. The author never seems to have tracked down anyone who knew him (or found second-hand accounts of interviews of such people) who could give a sense of what motivated him, or maybe the author didn't want the credibility of his recounting of documented facts to be compromised by unsubstantiated (and unsubstantiated-able) speculation about his motives and demons. Beyond that, Donovan comes across as little more than the typical uber-successful guy who doesn't bother to spend time with his wife and family or to give a fig about fidelity, though he's pretty broken up when a family member dies; it would be nice to have scratched beneath the surface of that.

Second, the subtitle of "... the Man Who Created Modern American Espionage" is never really substantiated. Sure, he indefatigibly accomplished the creation of an incredible network of informants and sources around the world during WWII, but it's not so clear how either his methods, infrastructure or resources carried over into the CIA, NSA, etc. That analysis presumably is left for others to accomplish. So, if you're interested in a history yarn of WWII told from an intelligence perspective, it's a valuable and moderately interesting read. But if you want to know "how we got here" as an intelligence-gathering nation, you'll need to supplement your reading beyond this book.

Oh, and BTW, if you were of the opinion that J. Edgar Hoover was a self-aggrandizing pr... er, jerk who put his turf battles and prejudices ahead of the interests of the country, this book will reinforce your viewpoint, in spades.
Ballalune
Wild Bill Donovan is a well-written, well-researched, and informative book about William Donovan, the man who created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), America's WWII spy agency. Douglas Waller has weeded through reams of material on the OSS and removed the myths, the falsehoods, and the unsubstantiated claims, leaving the reader with a comprehensive and unbiased overview of not only Donovan but also the exploits of his OSS. Two aspects of this book that I have not seen before are the accurate portrayal of Donovan's character flaws and how they played into the founding/operating of the OSS, and the intense political intrigue and internecine warfare among the country's various intelligence agencies.

One word of warning about the book (and this is not intended as a criticism). The book is a biography of Donovan, so the chapters dealing with the OSS focus on Donovan's influence on OSS' covert operations and intelligence gathering rather than on the agency's wartime exploits.
Najinn
Bill Donovan was an American original! His lifetime was one significant accomplishment after another; a war hero; super successful attorney; dedicated patriot; created OSS from nothing. He designed what worldwide intelligence and counterintelligence should be - gather facts, explore rumors, perform detailed analysis and then take decisive action. Where in the United States are men like Bill Donovan. Certainly not in Washington, DC. This is a great book about an extraordinary American.

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