INTELLIGENCE AND THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service, by Richard J. Aldrich. Cambridge University Press, April 2000, 500 pp., 22.95 British pounds (cloth).

What would drive Winston Churchill to use such disparaging terms to refer to U.S. Gen. William Donovan, a staunch friend of Britain since the early days of World War II? The answer lies in the general’s activities as head of the Office of Strategic Services, the intelligence organization charged with leading Washington’s covert efforts to mold the shape of postwar Asia — and thwarting British attempts to do the same.

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