A first-time author for Osprey Publishing, Eugene Liptak has provided a detailed study of the wartime origins of this key American intelligence agency.
"If it were possible to take the most comprehensive history of the Office of Strategic Services (the 'OSS') and then abstract it so that the most important information was concentrated into a brief sixty-four page volume, you would have a very valuable reference tool. Fortunately, Eugene Liptak, with the help of illustrator Richard Hook, has given us just such a resource in Office of Strategic Services 1942-1945... Hook's illustrations are wonderful and add an additional layer of detail to Liptak's research... Office of Strategic Services 1942-1945: The World War II Origins of the CIA is a great research volume for any library." --David Mitchell, World War II Forums, ww2f.com (January 2010) "Eugene Liptak's Office of Strategic Services provides a review of the US wartime espionage and covert operations agency during the war, following their tactics and the conflicts behind their operations. Rare photos and original artwork lends to the effort." --The Bookwatch (December 2009) "Author Eugene Liptak does a great job of telling the story of this large and quite varied organization, going through and explaining the various sections such as Secret Intelligence, Special Operations, X-2 Counterespionage, Communications, Research and Analysis and many others. It also covers some of the more successful operations in North Africa, Norway, Italy, China, and Thailand, to name a few." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2009)