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-- James Risen, author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
“Whether fighting on the battlefield during World War I, leading the OSS during World War II, or prosecuting Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, William Donovan’s service to his country was historic and extraordinary. In Wild Bill Donovan, Douglas C. Waller’s impressive research and riveting writing bring the ‘Father of American Intelligence’ to life, drawing the reader into one of the most thrilling and remarkable periods in American history.”
--Lee H. Hamilton, former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
"This superb, dramatic yet scholarly biography, tells a great deal about the man who built a far-flung intelligence organization from scratch in the midst of World War II." --The Washington Post
“In this fast-paced, entertaining and engrossing biography, the author delivers a portrait of a hard-driving, Type A extrovert willing to take on political enemies…A well-calibrated assessment of Donovan and the impact of the OSS on the war…The book is replete with fascinating anecdotes ...and tales of derring-do.”” -- the Associated Press
In Wild Bill Donovan, Douglas Waller brings the larger than life William J. Donovan – a World War I Medal of Honor winner, Office of Strategic Services founder, CIA architect, and one of the 20th century’s most compelling figures – to life. Waller's impressive skill as a journalist, his expertise about the U.S. intelligence community, and a remarkable writing ability complement one another in this fascinating and insightful portrait of Donovan the man, not the myth, and enhances our appreciation of his remarkable legacy. General Donovan attributed much of the success of the Office of Strategic Services to “good old fashioned intellectual sweat.” This informative, enjoyable, and important book deserves the same compliment.
--Charles Pinck, President, The OSS Society, Inc.
“An extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary figure in 20th century American history, a man beyond the power of fiction to invent. Wild Bill Donovan is brilliantly researched and beautifully told, as evocative and enlightening as it is entertaining.”
--Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle
“Douglas Waller gives us the definitive portrait of the fascinating, creative, disorganized, brave man who—starting from nothing during our biggest war—created our modern capacity for human intelligence and covert operations. A must for all who would understand American intelligence.”
--R. James Woolsey, Chair, Woolsey Partners, LLC and Director of Central Intelligence, 1993-1995
“In a time when espionage consists largely of technicians in windowless rooms, far from the battlefield, collecting signals and pictures from satellites and drones, it is both refreshing and fascinating to read Doug Waller’s story of the man behind World War II’s spy organization, the OSS. Long before there was a CIA, there was Major General “Wild Bill” Donovan, and Waller’s extensively researched and highly entertaining book takes the reader back to the days when spying meant sending dedicated agents behind enemy lines to risk their lives to steal secrets and help win the war.”
--James Bamford, bestselling author of Body of Secrets and The Shadow Factory
This is a very well written and researched book about the beginning of the OSS.
The book is has both too little and too much detail and does a very poor job of setting the background to understand the various missions the OSS took part in.
Waller's biography of Wild Bill Donovan, as the founder of American espionage was good.
This book provide an unflinching, warts and all look at an American hero. A larger than life man, Donovan was a visionary and powerful advocate for modern spy craft and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sharon B. Buchbinder
The Biography of America's First Spy Master. One of the makers of history that we didn't get to see making history because it was classified as War time secrets until... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Rhett Davis
The book is very interesting and is an easy read. It is full of things I had not known were happening during that time in history.Published 8 days ago by John Henrich
Read the earlier semi official bio of Donovan and was not impressed. wWaller has done a much more professional depicting Donovan warts and all. Read morePublished 12 days ago by ralph thayer
Donovan was a character, indeed, but I think THE biography of him and his role with the OSS / CIS is yet to be written. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rich72