Meet the Author: Ann Todd

OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army: The story of "black propaganda" warrior Elizabeth “Betty” P. McIntosh. 

Ann Todd spoke about her book OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army at a July 2018 Meet the Author event in Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. The book’s subject: Elizabeth “Betty” P. McIntosh, who spent 18 months serving in the Office of Strategic Services in the China-Burma-India theater practicing psychological warfare, or "black propaganda." 

McIntosh “was born in 1915 and lived to be 100 years old,” Todd said. “She was a reporter, served in the OSS, she worked in the state department, (and at) Voice of America. She had a long career in the CIA. She wrote two children’s books and one nonfiction book about women in the OSS, which is what brought me to her. 

“I knew Betty the last five years of her life, and she often told me that the 18 months she served in the OSS were the very best in her life. And I wanted to know why.” 

Watch the presentation below. Shop for a signed copy of Todd’s book in the Museum Store. Learn more about upcoming Museum programming. Learn more about the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, which presented the evening with generous support from the Strake Foundation.