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O'Donnell, Patrick K. 1969-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 195 publications in 4 languages and 10,605 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Military history  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D810.S7, 940.548673
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Publications about Patrick K O'Donnell
Publications by Patrick K O'Donnell
Most widely held works by Patrick K O'Donnell
Beyond valor : World War II's Ranger and Airborne veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
20 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 1,425 libraries worldwide
"In their own words, the personal stories of America's World War II veterans."
Into the rising sun : in their own words, World War II's Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,131 libraries worldwide
Drawn from interviews with more than eight hundred veterans, a combat history of the Pacific War recreates the most crucial battles, from raids on remote Japanese outposts to the desperate fighting on Guadalcanal and in Burma
Operatives, spies, and saboteurs : the unknown story of the men and women of World War II's OSS by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 1,046 libraries worldwide
The battles of World War II were won not only by the soldiers on the front lines, and not only by the generals and admirals, but also by the shadow warriors whose work is captured for the first time in Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs. Thanks to the interviews and narrative skills of Patrick O'Donnell and to recent declassifications, an entire chapter of history can now be revealed. A hidden war -- a war of espionage, intrigue, and sabotage -- played out across the occupied territories of Europe, deep inside enemy lines. Supply lines were disrupted; crucial intelligence was obtained and relayed back to the Allies; resistance movements were organized. Sometimes, impromptu combat erupted; more often, the killing was silent and targeted. The full story of the Office of Strategic Services -- OSS, precursor to the CIA -- is a dramatic final chapter on one of history's most important conflicts. In a world made unrecognizable by the restrictions placed on the CIA today, OSS played fast and loose. Legendary chief "Wild Bill" Donovan created a formidable organization in short order, recruiting not only the best and brightest, but also the most fearless. His agents, both men and women, relied on guile, sex appeal, brains, and sheer guts to operate behind the lines, often in disguise, always in secret. Patrick O'Donnell, called "the next Studs Terkel" by bestselling author Hampton Sides, has made it his life's mission to capture untold stories of World War II before the last of its veterans passes away. He has succeeded in extracting stories from the toughest of men, the most elite of soldiers, and, now, the most secretive of all: the men and women of OSS. From former CIA director William Colby, who parachuted into Norway to sever rail lines, to Virginia Hall, who disguised herself as a milkmaid, joined the French Resistance, and became one of Germany's most wanted figures, the stories of OSS are worthy of great fiction. Yet the stories in this book are all true, carefully verified by O'Donnell's painstaking research. The agents of OSS did not earn public acclaim. There were no highly publicized medal ceremonies. But the full story of OSS reveals crucial work in espionage and sabotage, work that paved the way for the Allied invasions and disrupted the Axis defenses. Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs proves that the hidden war was among the most dramatic and important elements of World War II. - Publisher
They dared return : the true story of Jewish spies behind the lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
18 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 749 libraries worldwide
A never-before-told World War II story of Jewish soldiers on a dangerous mission within the Third Reich--a tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge
Give me tomorrow : the Korean War's greatest untold story--the epic stand of the marines of George Company by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 720 libraries worldwide
Offers the remarkable, but forgotten, story of George Company during the Korean War, an outfit of hastily trained green soldiers that faced an entire division of Chinese troops on the frozen tundra of Chosin Reservoir
The Brenner assignment : the untold story of the most daring spy mission of World War II by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 641 libraries worldwide
Describes the true story of a small team of American spies who parachuted into Italy with plans to destroy a segment of the Brenner Pass in order to halt supplies coming in from Germany during World War II
First SEALs : the untold story of the forging of America's most elite unit by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 554 libraries worldwide
"The rich history of SEAL Team 6 that captured Osama bin Laden stretches back to World War II when US intelligence officials formed a team of special-operation combat swimmers. Under the leadership of Captain Jack Taylor, a California dentist, the Maritime Unit (MU) started training in 1942, learning underwater and covert operation techniques, as it developed an array of James Bond-like new equipment, including the recently invented underwater breathing apparatus, limpet mines, silent electric motors, and a collapsible eight-foot submarine. Finally deployed in 1944, the unit conducted some of the most daring, behind-enemy-lines operations of the war in Italy, where they linked up with fearsome Italian commandos. In one of its greatest coups, they captured the plans--and the architect--of Germany's famed Gothic Line, resulting in the Eighth Army's partial breakthrough. Filled with unforgettable characters, including the unit's charismatic leader, a Hollywood star, and a gritty New York City gas station owner, The First SEALs cinematically narrates one of the greatest untold stories of World War II and links their storied past to today's gloried US Navy SEALs"--
Dog Company : the boys of Pointe Du Hoc--the Rangers who accomplished D-Day's toughest mission and led the way across Europe by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 513 libraries worldwide
An epic World War II story of valor, sacrifice, and the Rangers who led the way to victory in Europe. This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company-- Dog Company-- who were in the right place at the right time: from D-Day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the thickly forested slopes of Hill 400, in Germany's Hürtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field, captured the crucial hill, and held it against all odds
We were one : shoulder to shoulder with the Marines who took Fallujah by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 463 libraries worldwide
Patrick K. O'Donnell offers a detailed first-person account of the battle for Fallujah, recounting the experiences of the Marines serving in Lima Company's 1st Platoon
Washington's immortals : the untold story of an elite regiment who changed the course of the Revolution by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 362 libraries worldwide
In August 1776, General George Washington's army faced off against over 20,000 British and Hessian soldiers at the Battle of Brooklyn. It was almost the end of the war. But thanks to a series of desperate bayonet charges by a single heroic regiment from Maryland, known as the "Immortal 400," Washington was able to retreat and regroup
Give me tomorrow [the Korean war's greatest untold story--the epic stand of the marines of George company] by Patrick K O'Donnell( file )
11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 257 libraries worldwide
"If I were God, what would you want for Christmas?" asked the war correspondent. The haggard and bloodied marine responded, "Give me tomorrow." After nearly four months of continuous and bloody combat in Korea, such a wish seemed impossible. For many of the men of George Company, or "Bloody George"--One of the war's most decorated yet unrecognized companies this would be their last day. This is the epic story of George Company, Spartans for the modern age. After storming ashore at Inchon and fighting house-to-house in Seoul, America's last reserve unit found itself on the frozen tundra of the Chosin Reservoir facing an entire division of Chinese troops. Little did this small band of men know they would soon be saviors. This is their story, and it will never again be forgotten
Dog Company the boys of Pointe du Hoc : Rangers who landed at D-Day and fought across Europe by Patrick K O'Donnell( file )
9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the US Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company -- Dog Company. From D-day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the thickly forested slopes of Hill 400, in Germany's H'rtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field, captured the crucial hill, and held it against all odds. In each battle, the men of Dog Company made the difference. Dog Company is their unforgettable story -- a story of extraordinary bravery, courage, and determination
Into the rising sun in their own words, World War II's Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( file )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 206 libraries worldwide
Patrick O'Donnell uncovers the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to America's Special Forces. These veterans were often the first in and the last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. Over the course of the war, they had spearheaded D-Day-sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. By at last telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much
Operatives, spies, and saboteurs the unknown story of the men and women of World War II's OSS by Patrick K O'Donnell( file )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 194 libraries worldwide
Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs is a story of the men and women of the OSS. They helped write the book on special operations. At the start of WWII, the United States changed its espionage policy and opted for more daring tactics. The Office of Special Services, the CIA's predecessor, assembled an assortment of agents who set the stage for the Allied armies' most important missions. With a combination of historical narrative and first-hand accounts, O'Donnell explores the world of spying before satellites and computer hacking
Beyond valor World War II's Ranger and Airborne veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 144 libraries worldwide
Members of the Ranger and Airborne troops from World War II tell their own stories of dropping behind enemy lines, in a series of eyewitness accounts of the war in North Africa and Europe based on more than six hundred interviews with the veterans
We were one shoulder to shoulder with the Marines who took Fallujah by Patrick K O'Donnell( file )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever. Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II
First SEALs : the untold story of the forging of America's most elite unit by Patrick K O'Donnell( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men--among them a dentist, a medical student, a Hollywood star, an archaeologist, a British commando, and even former enemies of the Allies--formed an exceptional unit that would later become the US Navy's Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America's first swimmer-commandos, an elite breed of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the tactics, technology, and philosophy that live on in the Navy SEALs and shape the battlefield of today. During the war, the unit conducted some of the most daring operations behind enemy lines, but after the war its astonishing record was classified, lost, and buried--until now. In First SEALs, Patrick K. O'Donnell tells the remarkable story of World War II's Maritime Unit--one of the greatest untold stories of World War II
We were one : the gripping story of the Marines who captured Fallujah by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
De mannen van Pointe du Hoc : het onvergetelijke verhaal van de Dog Company in de Tweede Wereldoorlog by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in Dutch and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Geschiedenis van de Dog Compagny van het Amerikaanse 2e Rangerbataljon, een commando-eenheid die tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog zich onderscheidde door enkele stoutmoedige acties
The Brenner assignment the untold story of the most daring spy mission of World War II by Patrick K O'Donnell( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Using thousands of recently declassified files, personal interviews, and private documents, including a behind-the-lines diary buried in a bottle, military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell has written a cinematic World War II adventure story
 
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Donnell, Patrick K. O' 1969-
O'Donnell, Patrick.
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English (157)
Dutch (3)
Swedish (1)
Polish (1)
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