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Foreign Intelligence: Research And Analysis In The Office Of Strategic Services, 1942-1945
Foreign Intelligence: Research And Analysis In The Office Of Strategic Services, 1942-1945
By Barry M. Katz
Harvard University Press, 1989, 251 pp.

This lively book is a highly selective study of some of the work of the Research and Analysis Division of the Office of Strategic Studies in which many able academics made real contributions to the war effort. Instead of covering the entire very wide range of R&A activities it concentrates on those of a few: émigré Germans (including Marxists and enemy aliens); German historians in the classical mold and the young Americans they worked with who became leaders of the postwar profession; economists trying to devise rational methods of choosing bombing targets; Soviet experts conducting the first true area studies in the United States. One may quarrel with some of Katz's views, but he has provided a useful and appealing bit of history.