National Affairs: High Strategist

When President Roosevelt gave sleek, greying Colonel William Joseph ("Wild Bill") Donovan, commander of New York's "Fighting 69th" Regiment in World War I, a new job, all kinds of hush-hush rumors about it floated around Washington: that Colonel Donovan was setting up a superspy bureau filled with blonde Mata Haris and burnoosed Arab leaders, that he was starting a U.S. version of Dr. Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry, that he had been gently tucked away on a shelf, under an imposing title. Actually, his job was exactly what Franklin Roosevelt said it was: Coordinator of...

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