Gratis verzending vanaf 20 euro, gratis retourneren, bezorging waar en wanneer je wilt met   artikelen*

Wild Bill Donovan

The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

Auteur: Douglas Waller
Uitgever: Simon & Schuster
  • Engelstalig
  • 466 pagina's
  • 9781416576204
  • februari 2012
Alle productspecificaties

Samenvatting

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 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.


William Joseph Donovan's life was packed with personal drama. The son of poor Irish Catholic parents, he married into Protestant wealth and fought heroically in World War I, where he earned the nickname "Wild Bill" for his intense leadership and the Medal of Honor for his heroism. After the war he made millions as a Republican lawyer on Wall Street until FDR, a Democrat, 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, engaging in extramarital affairs that became fodder for his political enemies—and he endured heartbreaking tragedy when family members died at young ages.


Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in his 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. Donovan fought enemies at home as often as the Axis abroad. Generals in the Pentagon plotted against him.


J. Edgar Hoover had FBI agents dig up dirt on him. Donovan stole secrets from the Soviets before the dawn of the Cold War and had intense battles with Winston Churchill and British spy chiefs over foreign turf. Separating fact from fiction, Waller investigates the successes and the occasional spectacular failures of Donovan's intelligence career.


It makes for a gripping and revealing portrait of this most controversial spymaster.

Productspecificaties

Inhoud

Taal
Engelstalig
Bindwijze
Paperback
Verschijningsdatum
februari 2012
Druk
Druk 1
Aantal pagina's
466 pagina's
Illustraties
Nee
ISBN13
9781416576204
ISBN10
9781416576204

Betrokkenen

Auteur
Douglas Waller
Uitgever
Simon & Schuster

EAN

EAN
9781416576204

Je vindt dit artikel in

Categorieën
Nieuw of tweedehands
Nieuw
Onderwerp
Oorlog & Vrede, Tweede Wereldoorlog, Militaire geschiedenis, Politieke vrijheden & veiligheid
Verschijningsvorm
Paperback
Type boek
Biografieën

Reviews Wild Bill Donovan

Zeer goed Goed Gemiddeld Onvoldoende Slecht

Voor dit artikel zijn er nog geen reviews geschreven. Schrijf nu zelf de eerste review.

Uit ons lees Magazine

“Het leven is in feite onbeduidend” - Bart Chabot

Bart Chabot is bekend als acteur, schrijver en muzikant. Zijn nieuwste boek ‘Easy Street’ is net uit. In gesprek met Janneke vertelt Bart over zijn donkere periodes, eenzaamheid en het schrijverschap.

Lees volledig artikel
17, 99
2 - 3 weken Tooltip
Verkoop door bol.com
  • Gratis verzending vanaf 20 euro
  • 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren
  • Dag en nacht klantenservice
  • Cadeautje? Laat het voor je inpakken en bezorgen
Andere verkopers (1)
Snelste levering
1 - 2 weken
Snelste levering

Vaak samen gekocht

Vragen en antwoorden

Over dit artikel zijn nog geen vragen gesteld.