The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report

The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report

The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report

The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report

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In his introduction to this psychological analysis of Adolf Hitler, my brother Walter gives a vivid account of the unusual progression of events leading up to his involvement with the Office of Strategic Services and of the circumstances under which his essay was written. These matters had gradually faded from my memory, and I was therefore glad to be reminded of them, if only because they brought into high relief the character of the moving spirit: "Wild" Bill Donovan. My brother's introduction pays an implicit tribute to that extraordinary character, but a full appreciation of Walter's role and assignments calls for a more explicit portrayal of the man who inspired them. Having myself worked closely with Donovan throughout the war period I can testify to the brilliance of his mind, the range of his imagination, the independence of his judgment, and the foresightedness of his thinking.

"Wild Bill" was decidedly an activist: restless, daring, and utterly fearless. At the same time, he was a man widely read and traveled, constantly preoccupied by domestic and international issues, and ever groping for new solutions to old problems. While he was not academic by nature or training, he had an enormous respect for scholarship and was always ready to listen to those who had specialized knowledge. In my earliest contacts with him, he frequently expressed impatience with the crude, inane, and generally immoral propaganda characteristic of the First World War and expressed the . . .

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