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Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II

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The OSS—Office of Strategic Services—created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak-and-dagger operations during World War II and as the precursor of the CIA. As the "Oh So Social," it has also been portrayed as a club for the well-connected before, during, and after the war. Donovan's Devils tells the story of a different OSS, that of ordi ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Arcade
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Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, history
(Note: I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.)

The OSS is primarily known as a spy organization- the precursor to the CIA- that operated during World War II; but they also operated commando units which operated behind enemy lines during the war, in places like Italy, Yugoslavia, and occupied France. Those units- filled with immigrants to America from the countries involved, or descendants of immigrants, who still spoke their native tongue- did things like coordinate Al
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, military
I thought the author did a admirable job with the research and story telling about some of the OGs during world war II with the before an as well as after on a couple of the OGs that involved a massacre and a murder with one resolved and the other not.
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read and in many ways a sad one. Although the OSS had success and eventually transitioned into the CIA, many of the missions resulted in the death of agents and in one case, Major William Holohan, the death appears to have been a murder by member of his own team for profit. The author provides excellent descriptions of the missions and the reader can get anxious about the trials and tribulations of the teams dropped behind enemy lines.
For those interested in this aspect o
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book looks at the evolution and operations of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which proved to be the precursor to the CIA, during the Second World War.

The opening detailing the foundation of the OSS by Donovan supported by FDR, and against the will of the US Military it must be said, and how they recruited and trained their men I found particularly fascinating. Donovan knew that the OSS needed to hit the ground running and learned from the already existing Allied (primarily British)
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Albert Lulushi's book is filled with fascinating historical information, but what makes it very difficult to put down is the human detail he provides. I'm stunned by the amount of research he must have done and how he weaves the strands together. Whether your interest is primarily World War II in Europe or the creation of CIA and US Special Forces or if you just enjoy a highly engaging war history, you won't be disappointed with Donovan's Devils.
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My writing focuses on narrating stories based on actual events and historical figures. My favorite subjects are military, intelligence, World War II, and Cold War history.

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