Donovan: America¿s Master Spy

Donovan: America¿s Master Spy


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The fascinating biography of the man who laid the foundation for the CIA.

One of the most celebrated and highly decorated heroes of World War I, a noted trial lawyer, presidential adviser and emissary, and chief of America’s Office of Strategic Services during World War II, William J. Donovan was a legendary figure. Donovan, originally published in 1982, penetrates the cloak of secrecy surrounding this remarkable man.

During the dark days of World War II, “Wild Bill” Donovan, more than any other person, was responsible for what William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid, described as “the astonishing success with which the United States entered secret warfare and accomplished in less than four years what it took England many centuries to develop.”

Drawing upon Donovan’s diaries, letters, and other papers; interviews with hundreds of the men and women who worked with him and spied for him; and declassified and unpublished documents, author Richard Dunlop, himself a former member of Donovan’s OSS, traces the incredible career of the man who almost single-handedly created America’s central intelligence service. The result is the definitive biography that Donovan himself had always expected Dunlop would write.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626365391
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir William Stephenson vii

Preface xi

Prologue 1

Part 1 The Making of a Hero 1883-1918

1 The Boy from the Irish First Ward 9

2 Donovan the Young Lawyer 21

3 Relief Mission to Europe 35

4 Joining Up with the Fighting 69th 44

5 Rehearsal for War 56

6 A Wood Called Rouge Bouquet 67

7 Taking Hell with Bayonets 75

8 Wild Bill Leads the Charge 89

9 The Men We Left Behind 106

Part 2 The President's "Secret Legs" 1919-1941

10 Siberian Adventure 117

11 Fact-Finding in Europe 130

12 Racket-Busting DA 142

13 With the Department of Justice 152

14 The Parade Passes By 160

15 Politics and Foreign Affairs 170

16 The Unfolding Crisis 184

17 Contagion of War 195

18 Confidential Mission to Britain 203

19 Back Door to the White House 219

20 Fifty-Trip Ticket on the Clippers 230

21 Playing for Time 243

22 Mediterranean Intrigue 256

23 The Intelligence Proposal 274

Part 3 Wartime Spymaster 1941-1945

24 Donovan's Brain Trust 295

25 COI Sets Up Shop 314

26 Conducting Ungentlemanly Warfare 331

27 OSS Goes to War 355

28 Prelude to Torch 367

29 Professor Moriarty Joins the OSS 377

30 Partners with the Resistance 388

31 Tangled Webs 398

32 Behind Enemy Lines 421

33 "The Wine Is Red" 432

34 Preparing for the Peace 449

35 End of an Experiment 460

Part 4 The Cold War Years 1945-1959

36 Bringing the Nazis to Trial 479

37 Donovan's Last Missions 490

Acknowledgments and Chapter Notes 508

Bibliography 538

Index 552

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Anonymous 15 days ago
I had heard the name of "Wild Bill " Donovan as I was growing up. I didn't know what he had done but I got the impression that he was special. This account of his growth from a boy in Buffalo's First Ward to become so much is a real page turner. It beats any of the 007 novels, and it is history not just a story. If you don't read it you miss a great adventure story. And it is all true!
Anonymous 28 days ago
Great in detail history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this man of Honor and who Serviced our country so well. It is a very good read. This kept my attention and I found it to be very well written.