Sub Rosa by Stewart Alsop, Braden Thomas

Sub Rosa by Stewart Alsop, Braden ThomasSub Rosa: The O. S. S. and American Espionage by Stewart Alsop, Thomas Braden
Published by Open Road Media on June 7th 2016
Pages: 237

A thrilling history of the Office of Strategic Services, America’s precursor to the CIA, and its secret operations behind enemy lines during World War II. Born in the fires of the Second World War, the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, was the brainchild of legendary US Maj. Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, designed to provide covert aid to resistance fighters in European nations occupied by Germany’s Nazi aggressors.

Sub Rosa is a brief, action-packed history of the early years of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War 2 predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. The authors were there on the front lines, and write with an eminently readable style that draws the reader into the world of secret missions into occupied territory.

This is no great indepth analysis of the history of the war, but rather a quick and dirty look at the quick and dirty parts of the war that few knew about at the time, and in some cases remain a mystery this day. It is worth noting that this was originally published in the wake of the second world war, but I still found new insights into the history of the organisation some 70 years down the track.

I received a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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