Dog Company by Patrick K. O'Donnell

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


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The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe

by Patrick O'Donnell

Paperback / $15.99/ $19.50 (CAN)
Published by Da Capo Press

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“Long admired for his powerful combat narratives, with Dog Company O’Donnell has produced his finest book yet. A fascinating tale of extraordinary heroism.”

Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator

“An intimate history in the Band of Brothers tradition. Only a gifted combat historian like Patrick O'Donnell could bring Dog Company’s story to life with such stunning immediacy and well researched accuracy. Chock full of pulse pounding action and keen insight, this book is a true page-turner.”

John C. McManus, author of September Hope

“WOW! Another victory for Patrick O'Donnell, who really captures the spirit of this elite group of Rangers––possibly the toughest fighting force America has ever put together. Dog Companyis every bit as good as Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, and likely even better.”

Flint Whitlock, Editor of WWII Quarterly, author of If Chaos Reigns

“No World War II historian can tell the story of the U.S. Army Rangers better than Pat O’Donnell, and in his book Dog Company he has managed to relate the remarkable history of a single Ranger company in an informative and entertaining way. It is a great read.”

Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944

Dog Company is a super read. First, it tells a great story of a number of great soldiers, I knew personally, without pulling any punches. Second, unlike many other WWII books on Special Operations, it uses interviews and writings of many soldiers of the opposing German forces. Well researched, an excellent read for anyone who likes an amazing story of real life heroism and ultimate success of the good guys.”

Major General John C. Raaen Jr., US Army (Ret.), author of Intact: First-hand Account of the D-Day Invasion from a Fifth Rangers Company Commander

“As he has done with the history of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), no historian tells the stories of America’s elite infantry and Special Operations troops like Patrick O’Donnell. Expertly researched, O’Donnell has vividly chronicled Dog Company’s odyssey across Europe in riveting prose.”

Major General Jack Singlaub, U.S. Army (Ret.), Commanding Officer MACV-SOG, and author of Hazardous Duty.

“A magnificent story about magnificent men written by a magnificent author who has taken the time to do detailed research and then write a history that should be read by all Americans.”

Major General Victor J Hugo Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), Landsdale Mission, SOA and SFA

"[An] inspiring story...O'Donnell engagingly describes how a dedicated team was built out of the specialist training it received, but he is at his best presenting the fortunes and shocks of battle as the months of planning and training were blown away in a series of mischances that also fortuitously safeguarded the unit from delayed pre-invasion bombing runs...A worthy tribute honoring each member of a small group of volunteers who responded to the call of duty."
—Kirkus Reviews

"O'Donnell skillfully tells the tale of the 68 soldiers who made up the 2nd Ranger Battalion...Though there have been hundreds of books that tackled D-Day, none have given so much detail to this one company or to Pointe du Hoc...O'Donnell does an admirable job of presenting the story of the Rangers in such minute detail that you feel you are there during the assault...Dog Company helps keep that sacrifice alive with a cinematic telling of a small story that forever changed history."
—Seattle Times

"A fast-paced read that'll redefine your understanding of the U.S. Army Rangers in Europe during Word War Two."
—Politics & Patriotism blog

"A fine tale of heroism and sacrifice marked by many personal interviews with the very few present-day survivors."
—Roanoke Times

"Thoroughly researched and vividly told."
—Philadelphia Tribune

"The daring combat actions by 'boys' from America's heartland comes to life in Dog Company...O'Donnell captures the intensity of the mission."
—San Antonio Express-News

"Tells [Tom Ruggiero's] D-Day story in tight detail. It also provides fresh and intimate looks at how the Plymouth native and others in Dog Company went on to fight their way across France and into Germany. O'Donnell's story captures the essence of bravery in a man we can all still proudly honor."
—Marion Sentinel

"If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, then this new book on D Day...will be right up your alley. Well researched and written, the story of a company of US Army Rangers and their near impossible mission is a tale of honor, gallantry, persistence and death."
—Milwaukee Public Library blog

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Patrick K. O'Donnell is published by Da Capo Press, a Member of The Perseus Books Group