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Advance Praise for Washington’s Immortals


Washington's Immortals

"O'Donnell deploys a fusillade of fact and fresh research in a Revolutionary War history rich in irony and event . . . Readers will admire O'Donnell's exhaustive research, skilled organization of the material, and the high readability of the writing . . . With a firm grasp of tactics, strategy, and the sociopolitical landscape, O'Donnell captures the horror and absurdities of the war better than most."
Kirkus Reviews


"Using primary sources from both sides of the Atlantic, O'Donnell effectively traces the story of Maryland's immortals, describing their battles authentically along with the precariousness of the American cause. This book will be of interest to both general readers and scholars interested in the military aspects of the American Revolution."
Library Journal


"Washington's Immortals tells the extraordinary story of the most important band of brothers, forgotten men who changed the course of American history. This is O'Donnell at his very best-a deeply moving, superbly researched page turner."
Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter


"Patrick O'Donnell has pioneered the pursuit of dogged research and the collection of revealing oral histories to produce moving accounts of key moments in American history. Now he's set his sights on the Revolutionary War.Washington's Immortals is a fascinating story about an important and largely overlooked Maryland unit in that war. It will definitely keep you turning pages."
Douglas C. Waller, New York Times bestselling author of Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan and Wild Bill Donovan


"Washington's Immortals is an amazing tale of pluck and devotion among one of the U.S. Army's first elite outfits, the Maryland Line. O'Donnell expertly brings the valiant citizen-soldiers to life with vivid prose and meticulous primary-source research. Highly recommended."
Joseph Balkoski, author of The Last Roll Call, and director of the Maryland Museum of Military History


"Patrick O'Donnell is blessed with a rare gift for storytelling and a keen empathy for the realities of soldiers in combat. He walks in the footsteps of his subjects like few other historians are able-or willing-to do. In this impressively researched, well written book, he brings the world of the American Revolution to life with an immediacy that almost defies belief. By focusing on one group of stalwart soldiers who sacrificed so much for the sake of their ideals, O'Donnell sheds important new light on the motivation and actions of America's most effective revolutionaries. Washington's Immortals is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the American combat soldier, regardless of the era."
John C. McManus, Curators' Professor of US Military History, Missouri University of Science and Technology; author of The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, and Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience


"Patrick K. O'Donnell's newest work is not so much a forgotten page of our history as it is a truly untold story-a story that takes us into the lives of a unit caught up in a world-changing struggle to throw off the shackles of colonialism. The reader will learn things here about the American Revolution that were never taught in high-school history classes. O'Donnell's admirably researched and gripping narrative is a tribute to these forgotten patriot-warriors, and a must-read for students of American military history."
Will Irwin, Senior Fellow, Joint Special Operations University, author of The Jedburghs and Abundance of Valor


"Patrick O'Donnell has written what portends to be the definitive history of the famous Revolutionary War era 'Maryland Line.' Long considered by historians as George Washington's Continental Army shock troops, O'Donnell tells a thoroughly entertaining and highly readable story. From Brooklyn Heights to Yorktown, O'Donnell clearly shows why this particular band of brothers earned the title of Washington's Immortals."
Charles P. Neimeyer, Ph.D., Director and Chief of Marine Corps History, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia


"Through a long war that was frequently on the verge of disaster, soldiers from Maryland repeatedly played a pivotal role in the Continental army's narrow escapes and surprise victories. Washington's Immortals is a soldiers-eye view of the Marylanders who fought in the Revolution's most desperate clashes. O'Donnell weaves together first-hand accounts, many from archival sources never before published, to reveal the struggles and triumphs of this remarkable regiment and the men who were part of it."
Don N. Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War


"I have read a lot of books on the American Revolution. Washington's Immortals is one that will remain vivid in my mind. It is original, deeply researched and superbly written. It should find a prominent place on bookshelves across America."
Thomas Fleming, author of The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined A Nation


"Patrick O'Donnell brings us into the Revolution through the experiences of the officers and men of a crack Maryland unit that was in it from beginning to end. This is splendid history-intimate, immediate, sweeping, inspiring. You should, and you will, honor these men."
Richard Brookhiser, author of Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, American


"General George Washington honored the soldiers of the 1st Maryland Regiment of the Continental Army for their service and sacrifice by calling them the 'men of the old line.' In continuing tribute to them, Maryland still proclaims its nickname as 'The Old Line State.' In Washington's Immortals, noted military historian Patrick O'Donnell has written a gripping account of the men and units that made up the Maryland Line during our War for Independence who first earned that glorious nickname, and which the soldiers of the Maryland Army National Guard's 175th Infantry continued to do so at places with names like Gettysburg, Normandy, and Iraq."
Glenn F. Williams, author of Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era


"Perhaps no war in American history has been more difficult to see through soldiers' eyes than the Revolutionary War. Patrick O'Donnell brings their experiences to life for twenty-first century readers in a way that no other historian has managed to do, accomplishing for the Revolutionary War what Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers did for World War II. The 1st Maryland Regiment participated in some of the most important battles of the war, gradually progressing from ordinary to elite status. Its story is the story of how the people of the United States became free."
Edward G. Lengel, Editor-in-Chief of The Papers of George Washington and author of Inventing George Washington
 

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