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by Patrick K. O'Donnell

A history of World War II espionage and covert operations activities, presented from the perspective of OSS agents, recounts numerous secret missions that contributed to the war's outcome. 35,000 first printing.
Download Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS epub
ISBN: 074323572X
ISBN13: 978-0743235723
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Patrick K. O'Donnell
Language: English
Publisher: Free Press; First edition (March 2, 2004)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1791 kb
FB2 size: 1661 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 461
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Lonesome Orange Kid
If you're seeking a credible, broad overview of OSS operations in WWII then you'll find it in this work. The audiocassette version I listened to was fine except the narrator struggled a little bit with various foreign accents he had to put on.

Most striking was the variance between what I thought life as an operative, spy or saboteur was like based on popular portrayals, and the reality. It turns out it is very, very difficult to operate behind enemy lines without a great deal of support, either from base or from the resident population. The popular notion of somehow living off the land or blending into the population is mostly fantasy. Without a lot of support most operatives, spies or saboteurs either starve or get captured or killed. One learns from reading this and other works of like kind that if one elects to become an operative, spy or saboteur then one must be prepared to suffer and die alone at the hands of the enemy. To go into combat as a member of a unit limits the real and psychological prospects of death, but to battle an enemy alone require that one, first, confront the probability that one will not only likely suffer torture and/or death, but will suffer those alone - as Samson did as Judge over ancient Israel, as Jesus did as saviour for mankind.
Proved to be an outstanding and informative source of information on the OSS. None of it was written in the boring, dry fashion I've seen with so many books on history. I especially love the fact there are first person accounts included throughout. I love history books that contain accounts direct from people who lived it.
IF you are a WWII buff or interested in spies grab this book, i got it used and read the whole thing through in quite a short time, IT explains the start of the CIA, stories you would never believe, strange, violent, and jus plain out ol 007 stories(by the way i dont mean stories these are real experiences) and what i like most about the book the author doesnt intervene its all eyewitness accounts and personal experiences. i could go on and on it deserves a five star rating!
Purchased the kindle version. Reading this book for a research paper that I must write for my history class. Lots of information and details. Great to use as a primary or secondary source document. Perfect for analytical or research papers. Great book if you are a history buff.
While this book almost seemed like a cliff note version of the OSS role in WWII it was still a very informative and interesting rear.
My father worked for OSS during WW2, and reading about some of their amazing exploits was quite exciting.
I have always loved spy stuff, movies, books, etc. & knowing this book is based on the truth, it's fantastic. If you like WWII anything & spy stories, you will love this book!!!
Great review well written and informative