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The Resource Wild Bill Donovan : the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage, Douglas Waller

Wild Bill Donovan : the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage, Douglas Waller

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Wild Bill Donovan : the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage
Title
Wild Bill Donovan
Title remainder
the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Waller
Title variation
Wild Bill Donovan
Title variation remainder
the spymaster who created the Office of Strategic Services and modern American espionage
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
He was one of America's most secretive generals, the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. "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 journalist Douglas Waller has mined government 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 biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage. William Joseph Donovan's life was packed with personal drama. The son of poor Irish Catholic parents, he married into Protestant wealth and fought in World War I, where he earned the nickname "Wild Bill" for his intense leadership and the Medal of Honor for his heroism. After the war he made millions as a Republican lawyer on Wall Street until FDR, a Democrat, 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, engaging in extramarital affairs that became fodder for his political enemies, and he endured tragedy when family members died at young ages. Wild Bill Donovan reads like a 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. 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. Separating fact from fiction, Waller investigates the successes and the occasional spectacular failures of Donovan's intelligence career
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waller, Douglas C
Dewey number
  • 940.54/8673092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
D638 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Donovan, William J.
  • United States
  • United States
  • Donovan, William J
  • Donovan, William J.
  • United States
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Donovan, William J.
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Intelligence officers
  • Secret service
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
Wild Bill Donovan : the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage, Douglas Waller
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-400) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
First Ward -- The Great War -- The prosecutor -- Politics -- Family -- War clouds -- Envoy -- Spy service -- Pearl Harbor -- The beehive -- Adolf Hitler -- Enemies -- The embassies -- Torch -- Bern -- The neutrals -- Infiltration -- Sicily and Italy -- The Balkans -- Peace feelers -- Asia -- The Russians -- Normandy -- Intelligence failures -- The plot -- The sideshow -- Stockholm -- The Vatican -- The leak -- Harry Truman -- Nuremberg -- Recovery -- Thailand -- Walter Reed
Control code
ocn642624897
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 466 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781416567448
Lccn
2010024986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)642624897
Label
Wild Bill Donovan : the spymaster who created the OSS and modern American espionage, Douglas Waller
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-400) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
First Ward -- The Great War -- The prosecutor -- Politics -- Family -- War clouds -- Envoy -- Spy service -- Pearl Harbor -- The beehive -- Adolf Hitler -- Enemies -- The embassies -- Torch -- Bern -- The neutrals -- Infiltration -- Sicily and Italy -- The Balkans -- Peace feelers -- Asia -- The Russians -- Normandy -- Intelligence failures -- The plot -- The sideshow -- Stockholm -- The Vatican -- The leak -- Harry Truman -- Nuremberg -- Recovery -- Thailand -- Walter Reed
Control code
ocn642624897
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 466 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781416567448
Lccn
2010024986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)642624897

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