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Wild Bill Donovan - The Spymaster Who Created the Oss and Modern American Espionage

Douglas Waller

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He was one of America's most exciting and secretive generals-the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, "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, veteran journalist Douglas Waller has mined government documents 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 riveting biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage. The son of poor Irish Catholic parents, William Joseph Donovan married into Protestant wealth and fought heroically in World War I, where he earned the nickname "Wild Bill" for his intense leadership. After the war he made millions as a lawyer on Wall Street until FDR 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 and engaging in extramarital affairs that became fodder for his political enemies. Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in Donovan's 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. Deftly separating fact from fiction, Waller investigates the successes and the occasional spectacular failures of Donovan's intelligence career, making for a gripping and revealing portrait of this most controversial spymaster.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Johnny Heller

Length:

14h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

15:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

29:24


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

26:02


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

12:39


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

16:43


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

09:40


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

17:25


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

25:20


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

27:43


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

21:01


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

33:06


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

13:29


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

18:58


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

19:34


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

38:42


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

17:06


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

24:44


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

18:10


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

24:58


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

14:42


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

48:53


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

35:55


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

31:52


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

22:58


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

33:41


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

19:49


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

20:16


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

26:16


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

27:52


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

57:17


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

17:31


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

26:21


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

31:34


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

24:42


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

11:35


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

00:20