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

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Douglas C. Waller examines the colorful life and career of William Joseph Donovan, director during World War II of America’s first national intelligence agency –  the OSS – and the intellectual father of today’s CIA.
Douglas C. Waller
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Tapped to be Franklin Roosevelt’s spymaster during World War II, William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan became a mythic figure in the history of espionage, directing the Office of Strategic Services — America’s first national intelligence agency — and becoming the intellectual father of today’s CIA.

Biographer Douglas C. Waller looks at the man who introduced the U.S. to the dark arts of covert warfare while often risking his own life unnecessarily. Waller reveals a complex figure who won a Medal of Honor in World War II, earned millions as a Republican lawyer on Wall Street, and gave ammunition to his political enemies through a series of extramarital affairs.

Co-presented by the Truman Library Institute.

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