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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick K. O’Donnell Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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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: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to Americas's Special Forces.

These veterans were often the first in and the last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. As O'Donnell explains in the introduction, most of the men in this book were at first reticent to talk. Over the course of the war, they had spearheaded D-Day-sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. Heroes among heroes, they include many recipients of the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and other medals of battlefield valor, but none bragged about it. As one soldier put it, When somebody gets decorated, it's because a lot of other men died.

By telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much. Only with such accounts can the true horror of the war in the Pacific be fully known.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/24/2013

    " Excellent book on accounts told by veterans who fought in the Pacific during WWII. They described the reality and horrors of the battles they fought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Petracco | 2/12/2013

    " Hard read when you have a loved one who experienced the Pacific Theater. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/1/2012

    " An amazing account of the personal experiences of WWII vets in the Pacific Theater. If you like books about WWII, or personal accounts of combat related experiences, this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/27/2012

    " Amazing view of WWII from the boots on the ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Cooper | 12/6/2010

    " [Audio] Unbelievable stories of the soldiers who began the attack in the Pacific. Incredibly humbling insight into what these men faced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/26/2010

    " An amazing account of the personal experiences of WWII vets in the Pacific Theater. If you like books about WWII, or personal accounts of combat related experiences, this book is for you. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick K. O’Donnell

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and First SEALs. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has worked in radio in San Francisco for over thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence and an Earphones Award for narration.