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Thursday
Mar012012

Doug Waller's Lecture on the Origins of the CIA

Last night's symposium featured Doug Waller, former TIME magazine DC bureau chief and author of the best selling book, Wild Bill Donovan: The Spy maker Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage.  

The room was packed, and Mr. Waller's presentation was entertaining and informative.  He detailed the idiosyncracies of Bill Donovan's personality, highlighting that he was a creative guy who built a spy organization from scratch for President Franklin Roosevelt.  However, his freewheeling tendencies did not endear him to President Truman, which meant that he did not get the job he really wanted:  Director of the new Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.  Through the telling of Donovan's story, Waller shared some interesting insights about the institutional origins of the CIA.

Before the symposium, the new Student Advisory Committee hosted their inaugral happy hour-- it was a great turnout and wonderful venue for socializing for students, alums and faculty.  Thank you to the students who made it happen, and we look forward to more such events!  Click on the photo to the left to see more pictures.

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Reader Comments (1)

It's actually Spymaster not spy maker.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulio Lainez

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