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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
A good read and it makes you proud that we have had men Wild Bill on our side.
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Easy read very accurate, should be great for any history lover. All CIA or intelligence people should read to rlearn their history.Published 5 days ago by Glenn L. Koski
A great book about.a most intelligent patriot , who most significantly helped our Country prepare for the difficult mfuture .Published 1 month ago by James Mcnamara
No real new info or hypothesis as to why he was or did what he did. Seen much of this info elsewherePublished 2 months ago by Robert J. Hunt
Fascinating story about a fascinating American Legend. A great read, especially Wild Bill's exploits during world war !!. Hard to put the book down!Published 2 months ago by Rapp
I have read every book by these authors. I am a huge fan. I must say this book is by far the worst effort and it was so bad that I have a great deal of trouble believing it was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by richard s hill
WILD BILL DONOVAN is Douglas Waller's solidly researched biograophy of Bill Donovan, the director of the OSS during WWII. Read morePublished 3 months ago by olingerstories
The author spends way too much time trying to paint scenes and create a character instead of letting the story of Donovan rise out of the facts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Maclean
This book should be required reading for history buffs. My mother worked for him in the early thirties and I wanted to hear more about this period but the book did give me the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by word smith