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Books by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Washington's Immortals
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Washington's Immortals:
The Untold Story of an Elite
Regiment Who Changed
the Course of the Revolution

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 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.

Today, only a modest, rusted and scarred metal sign near an empty lot 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, best-selling military 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. Washington’s Immortals is gripping and inspiring boots-on-the-ground history, sure to appeal to a wide readership.

Hardcover
U.S. $28.00
ISBN: 9780802124593
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press

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Hardcover
US $25.99 / CAN $29.00
ISBN: 9780306821721
Published by
Da Capo Press
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First SEALs
The Untold Story of the Forging
of America's Most Elite Unit

Beginning in the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men—among them a dentist, a Hollywood movie star, an archaeologist, California surfers, and even former enemies of the Allies—united to form an exceptional unit that would forge the capabilities of the 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 inspire today’s Navy SEALs.

The pioneering men of the Maritime Unit conducted some of the most daring operations behind enemy lines and even survived one of the Third Reich’s infamous concentration camps. But after the war, their astonishing record of activity and achievement was classified, lost, and largely forgotten...until now.

In First SEALs, Patrick K. O’Donnell unearths their incredible history—one of the greatest untold stories of World War II.

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Paperback
US $15.99 / CAN $18.50
ISBN: 9780306822643
Published by
Da Capo Press
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Dog Company
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc—
the Rangers Who Accomplished
D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe

An epic World War II story of valor, sacrifice, and the Rangers who led the way to victory in Europe

It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can make the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company—Dog Company—who made that 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 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. In each battle, the men of Dog Company made the difference.

Dog Company is their unforgettable story—thoroughly researched and vividly told by acclaimed combat historian Patrick K. O’Donnell—a story of extraordinary bravery, courage, and determination. America had many heroes in World War II, but few can say that, but for them, the course of the war may have been very different. The right men, in the right place, at the right time—Dog Company.

Give Me Tomorrow
Hardcover
US $16.00 / CAN $18.50
ISBN: 9780306820441
Published by
Da Capo Press
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Give Me Tomorrow
The Epic Story of a Legendary
Marine Unit in Korea

An epic story of valor and sacrifice by a legendary Marine company in the Korean War brought to gripping, cinematic light by an acclaimed historian.

“What would you want if you could have any wish?” asked the photojournalist, looking expectantly at the haggard and bloodied Marine before him. The Marine gaped back incredulously at his interviewer.

“Give me tomorrow,” he said, as the photographer snapped one of the most iconic pictures of the Korean War.

After nearly four months of continuous and agonizing combat on the battlefields of Korea, such a desperate yet simple request seemed impossible, and for many men of George Company, or “Bloody George” as they were known—one of the Forgotten War’s most decorated yet unrecognized companies—it was a wish that would not come true.

They Dared Return
Paperback
US $15.95 / CAN $20.00
ISBN: 9780306819230
Published by
Da Capo Press
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They Dared Return
The True Story of Jewish Spies
Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany

At the height of World War II, with the Third Reich’s Final Solution in full operation, a small group of Jews who had barely escaped the Nazis did the unthinkable: they went back.

Spies now, these Americans took on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines This is their story, a tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge

The men are given a treacherous covert mission behind enemy lines and deep inside the heavily fortified area of Austria’s “Alpine Redoubt,” where Hitler planned to make his last stand. Capture would mean almost certain death; success, a swift end to the war.

They Dared Return is a great World War II story of derring-do—a cinematic World War II drama, filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and packed with action, suspense, and intrigue.

The Brenner Assignment
Paperback
US $16.99 / CAN $19.99
ISBN: 9780306818417
Published by
Da Capo Press
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The Brenner Assignment
The Untold Story
of the Most Daring Spy Mission
of World War II

The never-before-told true story of a small team of American saboteurs with orders to sever the Third Reich’s main supply artery — the Brenner Pass.

Like a scene from Where Eagles Dare, a small team of American special operatives parachutes into Italy under the noses of thousands of German troops.

Their orders: link up with local partisans in the mountains and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass, the crucial route through the Alps for the Nazi war machine.

Without the supplies that travel this route, the German war effort in Italy will grind to a halt.

We Were One
Paperback
US $15.95 /CAN $19.50
ISBN: 9780306815737
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Da Capo Press
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We Were One
Shoulder to Shoulder with
the Marines Who Took Fallujah

The Marines of the 1st Platoon (part of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment) were among the first to fight in Fallujah, and they bore the brunt of this epic battle. When it was over, the platoon had suffered thirty-five casualties, including four dead. This is their story.

Award-winning author and historian Patrick O’Donnell stood shoulder-to-shoulder with this modern band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted. O’Donnell captures not only the sights, sounds, and smells of the gritty street combat, but also the human drama of young men in a close-knit platoon fighting for their their lives—and the lives of their buddies.

We Were One chronicles the 1st Platoon’s story, from its formation at Camp Pendleton in California to its near destruction in the smoldering ruins of Fallujah.

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