Based on OSS records only recently released to US National Archives, and on evidence from British archival sources, this is a thoroughly researched study of the Office of Strategic Services in London. The OSS was a critical liaison and operational outpost for American intelligence during World War II. Dr MacPherson puts the activities of the OSS into the larger context of the Anglo-American relationship and the various aspects of intelligence theory, while examining how a modern American intelligence capability evolved.
1. The British Intelligence Community: Setting the tone for OSS 2. The Genesis of OSS/London and the British dimension 3. Servants of OVERLORD: SO, SI and the invasion of Europe 4. "Reductio ad absurdum" R&A/London's quest for relevance 5. Falling short of the target: EOU, SIRA and the pitfalls of R&A 5. Inspired Improvization: William Casey and the penetration of Germany 6. Following the British Example: X-2 and morale operations 7. Full Circle: Anglo-American intelligence and the transition to Cold War
The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.