Monday, February 8, 2016

Donovan's Devils Now Available

The Stirring, Little-Known Story of the Forerunners to Today’s Special Forces

Donovan’s Devils
OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II

By Albert Lulushi

“A proficient, well-wrought work that emphasizes the actual fighting men, their deeds, and their fates.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Lulushi’s engaging read will be of particular interest to those interested in the American immigrant experience and the history of special operations." —Publishers Weekly

Description: Donovan's Devils comps.jpgThe OSS—Office of Strategic Services—created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak-and-dagger operations during World War II and as the precursor of the CIA. As the “Oh So Social,” it has also been portrayed as a club for the well-connected before, during, and after the war. 

Donovan’s Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II (Arcade Publishing, February 2016) tells the story of a different OSS, a story of ordinary soldiers, recruited from among first- and second-generation immigrants, who volunteered for dangerous duty behind enemy lines and risked their lives in Italy, France, the Balkans, and elsewhere in Europe.

Organized into Operational Groups, they infiltrated enemy territory by air or sea and operated for days, weeks, or months hundreds of miles from the closest Allied troops. They performed sabotage, organized native resistance, and rescued downed airmen, nurses, and prisoners of war. Their enemy showed them no mercy, and sometimes their closest friends betrayed them. They were the predecessor of today’s Special Forces operators.

Based on declassified OSS records, personal collections, and oral histories of participants from both sides of the conflict, Donovan's Devils provides the most comprehensive account to date of the Operational Group activities, including a detailed narrative of the ill-fated Ginny mission, which resulted in the one of the OSS’s gravest losses of the war.

About the Author
Albert Lulushi, is an entrepreneur, business executive, and author of narrative non-fiction books on intelligence, military, and Cold War subjects. Mr. Lulushi is the author of Operation Valuable Fiend: The CIA’s First Paramilitary Strike Against the Iron Curtain, which was a History Book Club and Military History Book Club selection. He lives in Oakton, Virginia.

Advance Praise for Albert Lulushi’s Donovan’s Devils

“Finally, thanks to Albert Lulushi, the Operational Groups of the OSS get their due. Along with the Jedburghs, the OGs were the forerunners of today's Special Forces. Lulushi's thoroughly researched and excitingly written narrative gives them their proper place in the history of the OSS.” —David Robarge, Chief Historian, Central Intelligence Agency

“Lulushi has produced a must-read book for any student of the OSS and for the general public at large. It is full of fascinating details about the little-known trials and tribulations of World War II OSS operations. It's definitely worth adding to anyone's intelligence library.”—Jack Devine, former deputy director for operations, CIA, and current president, the Arkin Group

“This book is an important contribution to our knowledge of the OSS—General Donovan's 'unusual experiment'—and mandatory reading for anyone interested in learning about one of the most fascinating and little-known aspects of the war.”—Charles Pinck, president, OSS Society

“An outstanding treatment of wartime heroism, determination, and risk-taking as the newly created OSS and its resistance partners found and played their role in fighting a brutal and clever enemy. The detail contained in each operation of the OGs covered in Donovan's Devils almost bring the reader into the operations themselves.”—David Cohen, former deputy director for operations, CIA, and deputy commissioner for intelligence, NYPD

Praise for Albert Lulushi’s Operation Valuable Fiend

“In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi has told a fascinating story well and made excellent use of untapped archival resources.” —David Robarge, chief historian, Central Intelligence Agency

“[For the operation’s dismal failure,] historians have blamed Soviet mole Kim Philby, who worked in British intelligence and knew of the operation, but Lulushi disagrees. His lively, detailed account of Hoxha’s viciously efficient intelligence service, the exiles’ terrible security, and CIA naïveté make a convincing case.” —Publishers Weekly

“An important and well-researched account of one of the Cold War’s less known and often misunderstood clandestine operations . . . Any reader has a treat in store, and any student of the history of America’s role in the Cold War will find the book indispensable.” —Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former ambassador to four countries, under secretary of defense for policy and under secretary of state for international security affairs

To request an excerpt or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact:
Ashley Vanicek / (212) 643-6816 x288 /