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The OSS in World War II

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 405 pages
Published December 1972 by Ballantine Books (first published 1972)
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Duane
May 09, 2015 Duane rated it liked it
This book isn't all that well written, although the author was actually an OSS agent, so it's not really possible to fault him for not being a literary genius - and he got the job done.

But there's an aspect to this book that makes it highly significant... He documents the total failure of U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia, where the OSS saw the picture on the ground very clearly and desperately attempted to force the U.S. to align with Ho Chi Minh and the North Vietnamese Nationalists - some
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Richard Gorton
Mar 30, 2014 Richard Gorton rated it really liked it
This is a re-read from more than a decade ago. The OSS was the predecessor to (primarily) the CIA; the content provides insight into the means by which the OSS came into being, and various of the activities thereof.

The author was a member of OSS; some of the operations described show the best of humanity (Rejdova, Czechoslovakia) - in spite of having German troops garrisoned there, the townspeople fed & hid OSS operatives, and insisted upon NOT taking any money for doing so. This seems to ha
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Mallori
Jun 05, 2016 Mallori rated it really liked it
I had heard of the OSS from a book on Kim Philby and picked this up at a used book sale. There is definitely more up to date information out there, but it was a good read. Both successes and failures are covered and people of importance are mentioned and followed to the point you know what office they were in post WW2.
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Ralph Estes
Pretty good, although does sort of ramble
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