Wild Bill Donovan was a swashbuckling Medal of Honor winner who suggested and helmed the World War II forerunner to the CIA, the OSS. A larger-than-life charismatic womanizer who landed at Normandy on D-Day, Donovan's seminal spy agency featured a chaotic but creative management style. Douglas Waller, author of a history recounting General Billy Mitchell's riveting court-martial, brings fast-paced clarity to Donovan's fierce competition with J. Edgar Hoover, contributions to the Nuremberg Trials, and complex relationship with ex-classmate Franklin Roosevelt. Donovan's incandescent flamboyance eventually damaged his career, leaving his own assistant to become the first CIA Director, much to Donovan's fury.
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Political Science
Subgenre: Military, Political Freedom + Security / Intelligence