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O'Donnell, Patrick K. 1969-

Overview
Works: 54 works in 277 publications in 4 languages and 12,350 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Oral histories  Military history  Biographies  Personal narratives  War stories 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Patrick K O'Donnell
The Brenner assignment : the untold story of the most daring spy mission of World War II by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,790 WorldCat member 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
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 held by 1,378 WorldCat member 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 )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from interviews with more than eight hundred veterans, this 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 )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 1,012 WorldCat member 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 )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member 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 O'Donnell( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member 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
Washington's Immortals : the untold story of an elite regiment who changed the course of the Revolution by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1776, little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by a single regiment, famously known as the "Immortal 400," Washington was able to evacuate his men and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day. Today, only a modest, rusted and scarred metal sign near a dilapidated auto garage marks the mass grave where the bodies of the "Maryland Heroes" lie -- 256 men "who fell in the Battle of Brooklyn." In Washington's Immortals, historian Patrick K. O'Donnell brings to life the forgotten story of this remarkable band of brothers. Known as "gentlemen of honour, family, and fortune," they fought not just in Brooklyn, but in key battles including Trenton, Princeton, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, and Yorktown, where their heroism changed the course of the war. Drawing on extensive original sources, from letters to diaries to pension applications, O'Donnell pieces together the stories of these brave men -- their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs. He explores their arms and tactics, their struggles with hostile loyalists and shortages of clothing and food, their development into an elite unit, and their dogged opponents, including British General Lord Cornwallis. And through the prism of this one group, O'Donnell tells the larger story of the Revolutionary War
The unknowns : the untold story of America's unknown soldier and WWI's most decorated heroes who brought him home by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is sacred ground at Arlington National Cemetery. Originally constructed in 1921 to hold one of the thousands of unidentified American soldiers lost in World War I, it now also contains unknowns from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and receives millions of visitors each year who pay silent tribute. When the first Unknown Soldier was laid to rest in Arlington, General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in WWI, seleted eight of America's most decorated, battle-hardened veterans to serve as Body Bearers. For the first time O'Donnell portrays their heroics on the battlefield one hundred years ago, thereby animating the Tomb by giving voice to all who have served. The Body Bearers appropriately spanned America's service branches and specialties ... Their stories slip easily into the larger narrative of America's involvement in the conflict, transporting readers into the midst of dramatic battles during 1917-1918 that ultimately decided the Great War ... Patrick O'Donnell illuminates the saga behind the creation of the Tomb itself and recreates the moving ceremony during which it was consecrated and the eight Body Bearers, and the sergeant who had chosen the one body to be interred, solemnly united."--Provided by puglisher
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 669 WorldCat member 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"--
We were one : shoulder to shoulder with the Marines who took Fallujah by Patrick K O'Donnell( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member 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
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 )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member 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
Give me tomorrow : [the Korean war's greatest untold story--the epic stand of the marines of George company] by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member 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
Into the rising sun : in their own words, World War II's Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

O'Donnell uncovers the hidden history of World War II through interviews with its most elite troops. 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
We were one : shoulder to shoulder with the Marines who took Fallujah by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member 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( Recording )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member 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
Washington's immortals : the untold story of an elite regiment who changed the course of the revolution by Patrick K O'Donnell( Recording )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1776, General George Washington found his troops outmanned at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, famously known as the "Immortal 400," Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day. Drawing on extensive original sources, bestselling military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell pieces together the stories of these brave men--their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs. He explores their arms and tactics, their struggles with hostile loyalists and shortages of clothing and food, their development into an elite unit, and their dogged opponents, including British general Lord Cornwallis. And through the prism of this one group, O'Donnell tells the larger story of the Revolutionary War
Dog Company : the boys of Pointe du Hoc : Rangers who landed at D-Day and fought across Europe by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D -- "Dog Company"--Who made a difference, time and again. From D-day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the sheer ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the slopes of Hill 400, in Germany's Hurtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field; to a "quiet" section of the Ardennes, where Dog Company suddenly found itself on the tip of the spear at the Battle of the Bulge; the men of Dog Company made the difference
Operatives, spies, and saboteurs : the unknown history of the men and women of World War II's OSS by Patrick K O'Donnell( )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs is a superbly told story of the men and women of the OSS. They helped write the book on special operations. I was struck by the similarity of the context of their stories to ones I've experienced in different combat situations. This book is a must-read for those in the special operations business today and anyone else who wants to learn about the exploits of the real warriors of the OSS during WW II. Only by understanding the deeds of those who have gone before us can we appreciate the sacrifices made that paved the way for the outstanding records established by present-day special warriors."--Captain Robert A. Gormly, USN (Ret.), author of Combat Swimmer and former SEAL team commander
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( Recording )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D, 'Dog Company', who made that difference in World War II
Beyond valor : World War II's Ranger and Airborne veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K O'Donnell( Recording )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Beyond Valor, Patrick O'Donnell, a pioneer of Internet-based oral history who has collected the first-person stories of hundreds of veterans on his online oral history project, re-creates the frontline experience in stunning detail, weaving together more than 650 e-histories and interviews into a seamless narrative. In recollections filled with pain, poignancy, and pride, veterans chronicle the destruction of entire battalions, and speak of their own personal scars
 
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The Brenner assignment : the untold story of the most daring spy mission of World War II
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Beyond valor : World War II's Ranger and Airborne veterans reveal the heart of combatInto the rising sun : in their own words, World War II's Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combatOperatives, spies, and saboteurs : the unknown story of the men and women of World War II's OSSThey dared return : the true story of Jewish spies behind the lines in Nazi GermanyGive me tomorrow : the Korean War's greatest untold story--the epic stand of the marines of George CompanyWe were one : shoulder to shoulder with the Marines who took FallujahGive me tomorrow : [the Korean war's greatest untold story--the epic stand of the marines of George company]Into the rising sun : in their own words, World War II's Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combat
Alternative Names
Donnell, Patrick K. O' 1969-

O'Donnell, Patrick.

Patrick K. O'Donnell Amerikaans historicus

Patrick K. O'Donnell Combat historian and author

Languages
English (203)

Dutch (2)

Spanish (1)

Polish (1)