James B. Donovan

1916 - 1970

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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 and American student Frederic Pryor 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 3,629,244 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). James B. Donovan is the 1,665th most popular writer (down from 1,635th in 2019), the 2,088th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,891st in 2019) and the 197th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, James B. Donovan ranks 1,665 out of 5,794Before him are Jonas Lie, Antonio de Nebrija, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Colin Dexter, Manuel Puig, and Frederik Pohl. After him are Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière, Richard Adams, Tristan Corbière, Sæmundr fróði, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Adam Oehlenschläger.

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Among people born in 1916, James B. Donovan ranks 75Before him are Jane Jacobs, Luis Corvalán, Archduke Felix of Austria, Rafael Caldera, Bernard Blier, and Giorgio Bassani. After him are Ernst Wilimowski, Sterling Hayden, Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, James Herriot, Yekaterina Budanova, and Luigi Comencini. Among people deceased in 1970, James B. Donovan ranks 70Before him are Toshio Iwatani, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Alfred Newman, George Szell, Friedrich Kellner, and Elyesa Bazna. After him are Jan Syrový, Agustín Muñoz Grandes, Roman Ingarden, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, Piers Courage, and Wilhelm Schepmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James B. Donovan ranks 2,088 out of 15,968Before him are Ric Flair (1949), Frank Lucas (1930), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), Renée Taylor (1933), Dana Elcar (1927), and Frederik Pohl (1919). After him are Roy Sullivan (1912), Jonathan Frakes (1952), Curtis LeMay (1906), Charlie Wilson (1933), Ethel Barrymore (1879), and Katey Sagal (1954).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, James B. Donovan ranks 197Before him are Upton Sinclair (1878), Alice Walker (1944), Erskine Caldwell (1903), Richard Brautigan (1935), R. L. Stine (1943), and Frederik Pohl (1919). After him are Ivy Lee (1877), Nora Roberts (1950), E. E. Cummings (1894), Terry Brooks (1944), Fredric Jameson (1934), and John Grinder (1940).