Patrick K. O'Donnell

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Patrick K. O'Donnell
OccupationMilitary historian
NationalityAmerican
Period1999–present
GenreMilitary history
Notable works
  • The Unknowns
  • Washington's Immortals
  • First SEALs
  • The Brenner Assignment
  • We Were One
  • Beyond Valour
  • Operatives
  • Spies and Saboteurs
  • Dog Company
Website
www.patrickkodonnell.com

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a best-selling American author of books on military history. His most recent book is The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home.

Career[edit]

O'Donnell's writing has appeared on Breitbart News[1] and in Military History Quarterly (MHQ), World War II Magazine,[2] National Review,[3] and on blogs.[4][5]

O'Donnell served as a consultant for the Medal of Honor game franchise.[6]

His books have been chosen for books clubs, including the Military History Book Club.[7] In 2012, the OSS Society presented O'Donnell with the John Waller Award, which recognizes achievement in scholarship related to intelligence and special operations history.[8] O'Donnell currently serves on its board of directors.[9] O'Donnell's book We Were One was chosen for the Commandant's Professional Reading List and is required reading for Marines.[10]

He received the Colby Circle Award for Outstanding Military History for Beyond Valour.[11]

Washington's Immortals was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far (History) and was named of the 100 Best American Revolution Books of All Time by the Journal of the American Revolution.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is native of Westlake, Ohio, and attended American University for his undergraduate studies and Johns Hopkins for his graduate work.[6]

O’Donnell is also the founder of the website Drop Zone. It hosts more than 4,000 oral history interviews he conducted with American veterans of wars from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan.[5]

Works[edit]

  • Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat. Free Press, 2001. ISBN 9780684873848 [7]
  • Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat. Free Press, 2002. ISBN 9780743214803 [13][14]
  • Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs: the Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS. Free Press, 2004. ISBN 9780743235723 [15]
  • We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah. Da Capo, 2007. ISBN 9780306815737 [16]
  • The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Daring Spy Mission of WWII. Da Capo, 2008. ISBN 9780306815775 [17]
  • They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Line in Nazi Germany. Da Capo, 2009. ISBN 9780306818004 [18]
  • Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story – The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company. Da Capo, 2010. ISBN 9780306818011 [19]
  • Dog Company: Boys of Pointe Du Hoc Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought across Europe. Da Capo, 2012. ISBN 9780306820298 [20]
  • First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit. DaCapo, 2014. ISBN 9780306821721 [21]
  • Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016. ISBN 0802124593 [22][23]
  • The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018 ISBN 9780802128331 [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patrick K. O'Donnell / Combat Historian". www.patrickkodonnell.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  2. ^ O’Donnell, P. K. (2002). Angels’ NIGHTMARE ON LEYTE. World War II, 16(7), 30.
  3. ^ "Patrick K. O'Donnell".
  4. ^ "Patrick K. O'Donnell / Combat Historian". www.patrickkodonnell.com.
  5. ^ a b "O'Donnell, Patrick K. 1969- | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com.
  6. ^ a b "Patrick O'Donnell". Retrieved on 2018-18-04
  7. ^ a b "Nonfiction Book Review: Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat by Patrick K. O'Donnell, Author Free Press $26 (384p) ISBN 978-0-684-87384-8". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  8. ^ "The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home - World War I Centennial". www.worldwar1centennial.org. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  9. ^ "Office of Strategic Services Society". osssociety.org. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  10. ^ "REVISION OF THE MARINE CORPS PROFESSIONAL READING PROGRAM LIST > The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website > Messages Display". www.marines.mil. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  11. ^ "Six Colby Award Winners at the Pritzker Military Library | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago". www.pritzkermilitary.org. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  12. ^ Editors (2017-03-09). "The 100 Best American Revolution Books of All Time". Journal of the American Revolution. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  13. ^ "The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home". Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  14. ^ Brosi, George (2002). "Booklist and Notes". Appalachian Heritage. 30 (1): 98–107. doi:10.1353/aph.2002.0016. ISSN 1940-5081.
  15. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  16. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  17. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  18. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: They Dared Return: The Untold Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick K. O'Donnell, Author . Da Capo $26 (239p) ISBN 978-0-306-81800-4". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  19. ^ GIVE ME TOMORROW by Patrick K. O'Donnell | Kirkus Reviews.
  20. ^ DOG COMPANY by Patrick K. O'Donnell | Kirkus Reviews.
  21. ^ "First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit". Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  22. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  23. ^ WASHINGTON'S IMMORTALS by Patrick K. O'Donnell | Kirkus Reviews.
  24. ^ THE UNKNOWNS by Patrick K. O'Donnell | Kirkus Reviews.

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