Books: Serviceman

THE LAST HERO:

WILD BILL DONOVAN

by Anthony Cave Brown Times Books; 891 pages; $24.95

Four men—a scholar, two former intelligence agents and Author Cornelius Ryan (The Longest Day)—died trying to write this book. There is no evidence of foul play in any of their ends, but the quadruple coincidence is a fitting postscript to the life of William J. ("Wild Bill") Donovan. Founder of the Office of Strategic Services, the nation's first spy agency, Donovan was a figure of epic personal courage, vast energy and enduring mystery. "What a man!" President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared when Donovan died in 1959. "We have...

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