Reviews on Wild Bill Donovan


“Entertaining history…As [Waller] amply shows, Donovan was a combination of bold innovator and imprudent rule bender, which made him not only a remarkable wartime leader but also an extraordinary figure in American history.” —The New York Times

“[A] superb, dramatic yet scholarly biography…Wild Bill Donovan is the first carefully researched, in-depth biography of the legendary World War II spymaster. For anyone interested in the history of American intelligence, it is required reading.” —The Washington Post

“[A] fast-moving and well-written biography…The tales of OSS derring-do…are thrilling…Mr. Waller, a former Newsweek and Time correspondent, makes a powerful case that Donovan was a great American.”
—Wall Street Journal

“Contemporary history is seldom as relevant and engaging as Douglas Waller’s new biography, Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage, which is—by turns—fascinatingly instructive and thoroughly entertaining.” —Los Angeles Times