Suggested Readings

Richard J. Aldrich, Intelligence and the War Against Japan: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Aaron Bank, From OSS to Green Berets: The Birth of Special Forces (Novato, CA: Presidio, 1986)

Stewart Alsop and Thomas Braden, Sub Rosa: The OSS and American Espionage (New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1946)

Robert Louis Benson, “A History of US Communications Intelligence during World War II: Policy and Administration,” Series IV (World War II) Volume 8, National Security Agency Center for Cryptologic History, 1997

Anthony Cave Brown, The Last Hero: Wild Bill Donovan (New York: Times Books, 1982)

John W. Brunner, OSS Weapons (Williamstown, NJ: Phillips Publications, 1994)

William J. Casey, The Secret War Against Hitler (Washington: Regnery Gateway, 1988)

George C. Chalou, editor, The Secrets War: The Office of Strategic Services in World War II (Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1991)

William E. Colby and Peter Forbath, Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978)

Max Corvo, The OSS in Italy, 1942-1945 (New York: Praeger, 1990)

Allen Dulles, The Secret Surrender (New York: Harper & Row, 1966)

Richard Dunlop, Behind Japanese Lines: With the OSS in Burma (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1979)

Richard Dunlop, Donovan: America’s Master Spy (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1982)

Corey Ford, Donovan of OSS (Boston: Little, Brown, 1970)

Kirk Ford, OSS and the Yugoslav Resistance, 1943-1945 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1992)

Peter Grose, Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994)

Gerald K. Haines, “Virginia Hall Goillot: Career Intelligence Officer,” Prologue 26 (Winter 1994)

Jürgen Heideking and Christof Mauch, editors, American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler: A Documentary History (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996)

F.H. Hinsley, et al., British Intelligence in the Second World War, five volumes (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1981 and later years)

Jay Jakub, Spies and Saboteurs: Anglo-American Collaboration and Rivalry in Human Intelligence Collection and Special Operations, 1940-45 (New York: St. Martin's, 1999)

Barry M. Katz, Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services, 1942-1945 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989)

Sherman Kent, Strategic Intelligence for American Foreign Policy (Hamden, CT: Archon, 1965 [1949])

Clayton D. Laurie, The Propaganda Warriors: America’s Crusade against Nazi Germany (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1996)

Franklin A. Lindsay, Beacons in the Night: With the OSS and Tito’s Partisans in Wartime Yugoslavia (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995)

Elizabeth P. McIntosh, Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998)

H. Keith Melton, OSS Special Weapons and Equipment: Spy Devices of World War II (New York: Sterling Publishing, 1991)

Hayden B. Peake, “OSS and the Venona Decrypts,” Intelligence and National Security 12 (July 1997)

Joseph E. Persico, Piercing the Reich: The Penetration of Nazi Germany by American Secret Agents During World War II (New York: Viking, 1979)

Neal H. Petersen, editor, From Hitler’s Doorstep: The Wartime Intelligence Reports of Allen Dulles, 1942-1945 (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996)

Daniel C. Pinck, Geoffrey M.T. Jones, and Charles T. Pinck, editors, Stalking the History of the Office of Strategic Services: An OSS Bibliography (Boston: OSS/Donovan Press, 2000)

Kermit Roosevelt, editor, War Report of the OSS, two volumes (New York: Walker, 1976)

Walt W. Rostow, Pre-Invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower’s Decision of March 25, 1944 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981)

David F. Rudgers, Creating the Secret State: The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947 (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2000)

Gerald Schwab, OSS Agents in Hitler’s Heartland: Destination Innsbruck (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996)

Bradley F. Smith and Elena Agarossi, Operation Sunrise: The Secret Surrender (New York: Basic Books, 1979)

Bradley F. Smith, The Shadow Warriors: OSS and the Origins of the CIA (New York: Basic, 1983)

Richard Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America’s First Central Intelligence Agency (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972)

Donald P. Steury, The Intelligence War (New York: Metrobooks, 2000)

Thomas F. Troy, Donovan and the CIA: A History of the Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency (Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1981)

Thomas F. Troy, Wild Bill & Intrepid (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996)

US Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945-1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1996)

John H. Waller, The Unseen War in Europe: Espionage and Conspiracy in the Second World War (New York: Random House, 1996)

Michael Warner, “The Creation of the Central Intelligence Group,” Studies in Intelligence 39 (1996)

Maochun Yu, OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996)


This sampling of works on the Office of Strategic Services and intelligence in World War II provides a range of views and information that can help the reader understand the role and significance of OSS. It is an initial guide to further reading and research and is not intended to be a complete list of books or articles on OSS, nor does the inclusion of a work on this list imply endorsement of its view or content by the US Government or any of its agencies or branches.



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