Upcoming Event: Author Talk

William Donovan, 1929. Source: Library of Congress.

Former Time  magazine correspondent and Newsweek reporter Douglas Waller will talk about his new book, Wild Bill Donovan, at the Central Library’s Ring of Knowledge on Monday, March 7 from 12-1pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Donovan is one of Buffalo’s most colorful characters, noted for notorious raids on Buffalo speakeasies and clubs during Prohibition, and later as the founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of today’s CIA. A Medal of Honor winner for his WWI military service, he later was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials of war criminals after WWII.


To read more about William Donovan, and Waller’s book click here.


Check out these resources available about Donovan in the Grosvenor Room:


Local History File

Our Local History File is an index to select local newspaper articles, periodicals, and books.  It includes about 30 cards of citations related to Donovan.



Donovan, America’s master spy – Dunlop, Richard. Buffalo E748.D665 D86 1982

Donovan of OSS – Ford, Corey. Buffalo D810.S8 D55

The fighting Irishman; the story of “Wild Bill” Donovan – Wilhelm, Maria. Buffalo CT275.D65 W5



William J. Donovan; newspaper clippings. [1921-1959] – Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (N.Y.) CT275.D75 B9

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