Cloak and Dagger : The secret story of the office of strategic services by Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain
New York : Random House, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. 216 pages ; 19 cm. $2.50 dust jacket, pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
CLOAK AND DAGGER
The Secret Story of O. S. S.
By LT. COL COREY FORD and MAJOR ALASTAIR MacBain
With a Tribute by MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM J. DONOVAN
THE fabulous Office of Strategic Services, the first espionage organization the United States has ever had, was one of the top-secret agencies of the war. Manned almost entirely by average Americans, hair-trigger trained and organized with cold and deadly efficiency, O.S.S. dropped agents behind enemy lines in Norway, Burma, China, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Italy, Greece, France and everywhere they were needed. It maintained a super-secret training ground in subversive warfare that flourished for three years, unsuspected by the public, less than an hour's drive from the heart of Washington. O.S.S. agents organized and/or aided underground movements, rescued Allied fliers, sent hack invaluable information on enemy shipping, troop movements, installations and production. They even conducted meetings at midnight in a Swiss chateau, in true E. Phillips Oppenheim fashion.
O.S.S. won for us the desperate battle of espionage against countries that had maintained secret services for well over a century, and its achievements make one of the most tremendously exciting adventure stories of the war. The authors, who have been associated with it since the early days of the war and have had an intimate knowledge of its worldwide activities, have received the blessing of its director, Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan, in revealing for the first time its incredible exploits.
Lt. Col. Corey Ford and Major Alastair MacBain's vivid story of the first participation in black warfare and espionage by the United States is based on first-hand experiences, interviews with O.S.S. personnel in the field and on official Washington records which only now can be made public.
Parts of this book have appeared in Colliers, and it was sold on the day the contract was signed to the newly formed United States Pictures, Inc., whose productions will be released through Warner Brothers.
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