of the critically acclaimed bestseller Wild Bill Donovan, tells the story of
four OSS warriors of World War II. All four later led the CIA.
ran the OSS’s most successful spy operation against the Axis. Bill Casey
organized dangerous missions to penetrate Nazi Germany. Bill Colby led OSS
commando raids behind the lines in occupied France and Norway. Richard Helms
mounted risky intelligence programs against the Russians in the ruin of Berlin
after the German surrender.
is a fantastic book, one of the very finest accounts of wartime spookery I’ve
seen. . . . it’s a hell of a good tale, aided immeasurably by Mr. Waller’s
skill at disentangling the knotted story lines of his protagonists and his
dexterous straightening of the often contradictory accounts of the shadow war’s
dauntingly complex machinations. . . . his eye for journalistic color (honed by
his stints as a correspondent for Time and Newsweek) turns his solid research
into taut narrative. . . . Disciples is a remarkable work of synthesis."
-The Wall Street Journal
and richly detailed . . . a textured adventure story that emerges from Waller’s
command of the archival material and his fluid writing style. That latter gift
helps Waller overcome what could have been the cumbersome task of weaving
together four distinct war experiences . . . Waller moves among these
biographies with ease.” -The Washington Post
592 pages, Douglas Waller]