Assessment of Men: Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services
New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., (1953). Third printing. Black & white photos, data tables. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 541 pages. Bound in brick red cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled and ruled in black and silver gilt. Clean and bright overall, with a few minor extremity bumps and some occasional spotting to cloth. Slight sticker residue at heel of spine, but not ex-library. Near fine, in custom Mylar cover.
The scarce account of efforts by the Office of Strategic Services to get control of their recruiting of operatives in the middle of World War II. The OSS was founded in 1942 to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for all branches of the U.S. military. By late 1943 the new agency was busily and somewhat hazardously recruiting personnel without any sort of formal screening process. This risky situation led to the creation of the psychological-psychiatric assessment program detailed herein, and aimed at better predictions of an individual's behavior in a variety of circumstances.