In Shadow Warrior, eminent historian Randall B. Woods presents a gripping biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the postwar period: William Egan Colby. World War II commando, Cold War spy, Saigon CIA station chief, and eventual CIA director under Nixon and Ford, Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events in twentieth-century history. Despite his strong commitments to global democracy and economic and social justice, Colby was also drawn to the darker side of American power. He ultimately came clean about many of the CIA's illegal.