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Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranges and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat

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Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranges and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat by Patrick K O'Donnell
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From the first parachute drops in North Africa to the final battles in Germany, U.S. Ranger and Airborne troops saw the worst action of World War II. 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. From the first parachute drops in North Africa to the final battles in Germany, U.S. Ranger and Airborne troops saw the worst action of World War II. 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, speak of their own personal scars, and pay tribute to their fallen colleagues. Beyond Valor brings to light the hidden horrors and uncelebrated heroics of a war fought by a now-vanishing generation and preserves them for all future generations.

Author Biography

Bestselling author Patrick K. O'Donnell is a special operations historian who has written nine previous books: First SEALs; Beyond Valor, Into the Rising Sun; Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs; The Brenner Assignment; They Dared Return; We Were One (selected for the Marine Commandant's Professional Reading List); Give Me Tomorrow; and Dog Company. The author is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious William E. Colby Award and the OSS Society's John Waller Award. He has provided historical consultation for DreamWorks's award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He served as a combat historian in a Marine rifle platoon during the Battle of Fallujah and is in demand as an expert speaker on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield. Over the past twenty years, O'Donnell has interviewed more than 4,000 veterans who fought in America's wars from WWI to Afghanistan and specializes in "unearthing untold true stories that read like novels." Visit him online at PatrickKODonnell.com.
Release date NZ
March 25th, 2002
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Simon & Schuster
Pages
384
Dimensions
140x216x21
ISBN-13
9780684873855
Product ID
1679940

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