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Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Poorly written - don't waste your time

    If this were a high school term paper, it would get a D. This book was loaded with grammatical errors and lacked any kind of continuity of thought or underlying theme. It was as if the author had gone through a trunk of papers and put them in rough chronological order. There is no insight into Donovan, just a recitation of his actions. Particular emphasis was placed on his numerous character flaws, which would be worthwhile if this was in contrast to his standing as a historical figure.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Great bio on the "Father of the CIA"

    An excellent quick summer read on Wild Bill Donovan, a creator of the CIA. Donovan wss quite a character , Ivy League educated at Columbia, war hero, successful lawyer, friend to many powerful political and world leaders of his time, family man and phillanderer this book is a fact filled history of Donovan and his life and the leading role he played in creating the CIA based on his experiences in the OSS as well as a military man and war hero. I highly recommend this to thode interested in the history of the CIA , history, world politics and the spy game as seen through the life and times of arguably the most interesting spy of all time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    You have to be dedicated histtoian to get through it.

    That period of history intrigues me, bu the book seem far too long and introduces way too characters and titles in too much detail. It's kind of a slog getting through it. although I intend to finish I feel the author could have summarized some of the details much better. It's well written, but just too long. I did consider stopping reading it about half way through, trying to keep all of he characters straight. Less is more sometimes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Good View of how today's Can About

    This book is a good view of how the CIA was reluctantly and with prejudice came into being from the WWII OSS. It certainly was helpful that I had previously read the WWII biographies of Winston and Franklin, and the Dulles Brothers, along with readings on Eisenhower and D-Day.

    Putting these all in context, helps me to get a more complete view od WW II and how the "Cold War" philosophy happened.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Really interesting

    I found this book to be really interesting. I had heard of the OSS and seen a couple of old movies made about the organization. The book gave me a good insight into the creator of the OSS and a lot of information about all that was involved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Great stories

    Donovan life is a fear less tale. He fought a multi-front war between the axis powers, the beltway, homefront and through the press. A true pioneer of bipartisanship, he was overlooked as the trailblaser of covert affairs that he was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    Bought this book for my husband for Christmas, he had mentioned that he wanted it. He hasn't read it yet but I am sure it is a good book and that he will enjoy it.

    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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