"A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, 'Wild Bill' Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never se... Full description
"A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, 'Wild Bill' Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never seen before."--from cover p. .
x, 466 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Douglas Waller was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Wake Forest University and graduated with a B.A. Degree in English. He went on to earn a M.A. in Urban Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Douglas C. Waller is an author, lecturer, and former correspondent for Time magazine. In almost two decades as a Washington journalist, Waller has covered the Pentagon, Congress, the State Department, the White House and the CIA. From 1994 to 2007, Waller served in TIME Magazine¿s Washington Bureau, first as a correspondent then as a senior correspondent. At TIME, Waller covered foreign affairs extensively as a diplomatic correspondent, traveling throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East as well as in the Persian Gulf region. He has reported extensively in the past on Middle East peace negotiations and the wars in Iraq. He came to TIME in 1994 from Newsweek, where he reported on intelligence and major military conflicts from the Gulf War to Somalia to Haiti. Waller began his journalism career with reporting stints at the Greensboro Record and the Charlotte News. Before joining Newsweek in 1988, he served as a legislative assistant on the staffs of Senator William Proxmire and Representative Edward J. Markey. Waller¿s new biography of General William Wild Bill Donovan, the World War II director of the Office of Strategic Services, is the eighth book he has authored or coauthored. Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage will be published in February 2011 by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster. Waller¿s other books include the national best seller, The Commandos: The Inside Story of America's Secret Soldiers, which was published in 1994, and Air Warriors: The Inside Story of the Making of a Navy Pilot, which was published in 1998. His sixth book, BIG RED: The Three-Month Voyage Of A Trident Nuclear Submarine, was also a national best seller published by in 2001.