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Wild Bill Donovan

Government, Military (1-Jan-1883 — 8-Feb-1959)


Anthony Cave Brown. The Last Hero: Wild Bill Donovan: The Biography and Political Experience of Major General William J. Donovan, Founder of the OSS and "Father" of the CIA, from His Personal and Secret Papers and the Diaries of Ruth Donovan. Vintage Books. 1984. 891p.

Richard Dunlop. Donovan: America's Master Spy. Rand McNally. 1982. 562pp.

Thomas F. Troy. Wild Bill and Intrepid: Donovan, Stephenson, and the Origin of CIA. Yale University Press. 1996. 259pp.

Douglas Waller. Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage. Simon and Schuster. 2011. 480pp.


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  6. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.299)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.186)

  8. Webster's American Biographies (p.283)

  9. Who's Who in CIA (p.141)

  10. A Biographical Dictionary of World War II (p.49)

  11. The Biographical Dictionary of World War II (p.138)

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