Donovan’s Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines―Europe, World War II by Albert Lulushi tells of the Office of Strategic Services activities from their inception to the end of the war. The book is a collection of oral histories, and OSS records.
- 12 hours and 13 minutes
- Publisher : Audible Studios
- Language : English
- ASIN : B01EJY2U8C
- Narrator : Noah Michael Levine
The best thing about this book, as far as I could tell, is that it’s historically accurate. The problem is that there so much irrelevant background information, that the narrative becomes disjointed.
I very much enjoy reading personalized accounts of intelligence or military operations, and this was my expectation from Donovan’s Devils by Albert Lulushi. The first part was a dry recounting of William Donovan’s forming of the OSS. Some of the operations were, again, presented in a very military like, sanitized, manner deprived of any personalization.
The author does manage to bring to the forefront the unquestioned bravery of the operatives. The help they provided behind the lines was, as many already know, priceless and help win the war. The narrative doesn’t only focus on the agents on the ground, but also the analysts and civilian fighters who bravely did their parts to defeat the Nazis.
The latter parts of the book are interesting, and I’ve gotten several insights from it. I felt, however, that there were too many “filler” sections in the book. While important, many of them simply could have been referenced at the end of the book as appendices.
The narrator was excellent, clear presentation and a good voice. However, my pet peeve is mispronunciation, especially of common words.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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