Patrick K. O'Donnell
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Patrick K. O'Donnell

"One of the world's preeminent military historians."--Military Review, U.S. Army

Combat historian, bestselling author, and public speaker Patrick K. O'Donnell has written 11 critically acclaimed books that recount the epic stories of America's wars from the Revolution to Iraq. He is a premier expert on elite and special operations units and irregular warfare. O'Donnell's books are described as "nonfiction that reads like fiction."

His newest book is THE UNKNOWNS: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home.

About his recently published WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution, the Wall Street Journal raved, "Combat writing at its best." The prestigious Journal of the American Revolution named it, "One of the 100 best books on the Revolution of All Time."

His other books include FIRST SEALS: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit; and DOG COMPANY: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc - The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe. His bestseller, BEYOND VALOR, portrays the gripping tales of WWII Ranger and Airborne veterans and won the William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History. O'Donnell's WE WERE ONE: Shoulder to Shoulder With the Marines Who Took Fallujah is required reading for Marines and appeared on the Commandant's Professional Reading List, as did GIVE ME TOMORROW: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story - The Epic Stand Of The Marines Of George Company. His books have been Main or Alternate selections of Book of the Month, History, and Military History Book Clubs. Reviewers from media outlets as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Jerusalem Post, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio (NPR) have hailed his publications.
O'Donnell is the leading expert on the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency and America's special operations forces in WWII. His four award-winning books on the subject include: FIRST SEALS; OPERATIVES, SPIES, AND SABOTEURS: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of WWII's OSS; THE BRENNER ASSIGNMENT: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of WWII; and THEY DARED RETURN: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany (also known as "The Real Inglorious Bastards").

In 2012, at a ceremony attended by the leadership of America's intelligence and special operations community, The OSS Society presented O'Donnell with the prestigious John Waller Award for exceptional scholarship in intelligence and special operations history.

O'Donnell not only writes about combat -- he has experienced it firsthand. During the Iraq war, he was embedded with military units as the only civilian combat historian to volunteer and spend three months in Iraq documenting the experiences of troops in battle. He fought with a Marine rifle platoon (Lima Company 3/1) during the Battle of Fallujah, surviving several ambushes, and carried a mortally wounded Marine out of a firefight with Chechen insurgents, experiences he recounts in WE WERE ONE.

On his second tour to Iraq, he served as a war correspondent for Men's Journal and Fox News, reporting on the conflict in Iraq from the perspective of the Marines on the ground. He has written for Military History Quarterly (MHQ) and WWII Magazine and is a frequent contributor to a variety of nationally recognized publications.

As an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield, the historian has assisted with the writing and production of scores of documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and others. His book THEY DARED RETURN is the source material for the award-winning documentary The Real Inglorious Bastards. He has appeared as a guest on countless television and radio shows on NPR, FOX, Discovery, and other networks.

O'Donnell also provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers," as well as for the billion-dollar Medal of Honor game franchise.

O'Donnell has been studying World War II and modern war since childhood and has a passion for finding ways to preserve the oral histories of America's combat veterans for generations to come. Nearly two decades ago, he founded The Drop Zone, the first online military oral history project and virtual museum. This award-winning website contains many of the thousands of interviews O'Donnell personally conducted with veterans and their adversaries, making it one of the largest private collections of historical materials from elite and special operations troops.
The author's skills and expertise have been tapped by private sector firms and government agencies, including DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). He has also been selected to lecture at numerous agencies and branches of the armed forces, such as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. ARMY, and USMC.

O'Donnell credits serendipity for leading him in the right direction. The stories he tells somehow always find him.

www.patrickkodonnell.com

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@combathistorian

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Best Sellers

    • 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
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 30

    Brilliantly researched and vividly told, The Unknowns is a timeless tale of heeding the calls of duty and brotherhood and humanizes the most consequential event of the 20th century, which still casts a shadow a century later....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OUTSTANDING STORY!

    • By Andrew H. Fenwick on 08-14-18
    • The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home
    • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Washington's Immortals

    • The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution
    • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated by: William Hughes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 555
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504

    In August 1776, a 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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular

    • By Robert Everman on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Give Me Tomorrow

    • The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story - The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company
    • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    “If I were God, what would you want for Christmas?”

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The boys of Summer Camp….Amazing!!

    • By James on 05-18-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • We Were One

    • Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah
    • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An important story

    • By Douglas on 06-29-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Dog Company

    • The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe
    • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 158

    The right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • On par with the best; Band of Brothers, etc

    • By Addicted to Amazon on 04-30-14
    • The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe
    • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 11-06-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 172 ratings

    Regular price: $17.47

    • First SEALs

    • The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit
    • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    From best-selling author Patrick K. O'Donnell comes the untold story of World War II's first special operations combat swimmers - the forerunners of today's Navy SEALs....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • really great storytelling slightly confusing

    • By valour59 on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

    • The Unknown Story of World War II's OSS
    • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    A revealing look into the intrigue and extraordinary courage of our intelligence gatherers of World War II....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book...

    • By Nicholas Grimaldi on 05-11-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Into the Rising Sun

    • World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat
    • By: Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Patrick K. O'Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Vet accounts = 5 stars; Narrator = 1 star

    • By Sean on 10-04-05

    Regular price: $23.07

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