James B. Donovan

1916 - 1970

James B. Donovan

James Britt Donovan (February 29, 1916 – January 19, 1970) was an American lawyer and United States Navy officer in the Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency), ultimately becoming general counsel of the OSS, and an international diplomatic negotiator.Donovan is widely known for negotiating the 1960–1962 exchange of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, and for negotiating the 1962 release and return of 9,703 prisoners held by Cuba after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James B. Donovan has received more than 3,329,787 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,639th most popular writer.

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Among writers, James B. Donovan ranks 1,636 out of 4,883Before him are Ion Creangă, Martin of Opava, Thomas Merton, Paul Gerhardt, Wayne Dyer, and Miguel Hernández. After him are Bob Woodward, Alexander Kielland, Gaius Julius Solinus, Stephen Crane, Enzo of Sardinia, and Elizabeth George.

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Among people born in 1916, James B. Donovan ranks 73Before him are Pérez Prado, Luis Corvalán, Jane Jacobs, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Archduke Felix of Austria, and Bernard Blier. After him are Sterling Hayden, Giorgio Bassani, Pierre Messmer, Ernst Wilimowski, José Manuel Moreno, and Yekaterina Budanova. Among people deceased in 1970, James B. Donovan ranks 69Before him are Tarjei Vesaas, Friedrich Kellner, Roman Ingarden, Maud Lewis, Jan Syrový, and Pavel Belyayev. After him are Alfred Newman, Vasyl Sukhomlynsky, Agustín Muñoz Grandes, Yusof Ishak, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and Lucien Goldmann.

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Among people born in United States, James B. Donovan ranks 1,891 out of 12,171Before him are Mitt Romney (1947), Ashton Kutcher (1978), Kirstie Alley (1951), Wayne Dyer (1940), Donna Haraway (1944), and Bobby McFerrin (1950). After him are John Frankenheimer (1930), Roberts Blossom (1924), Bob Woodward (1943), Jack Welch (1935), Stephen Crane (1871), and Katey Sagal (1954).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, James B. Donovan ranks 188Before him are Herman Wouk (1915), Ken Wilber (1949), Frederik Pohl (1919), Donald E. Westlake (1933), Upton Sinclair (1878), and Wayne Dyer (1940). After him are Bob Woodward (1943), Stephen Crane (1871), Elizabeth George (1949), James Bond (1900), E. E. Cummings (1894), and Richard Brautigan (1935).