- File Size: 6861 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0684873850
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (August 30, 2001)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2001
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FBJG7W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat Kindle Edition
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Douglas Brinkley director of the Eisenhower Center and professor of history at the University of New Orleans The pioneering oral historian Patrick K. O'Donnell has done a wonderful job of making the experiences of America's elite troops come alive again.
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To record this history before these American heroes pass on is an extremely important undertaking and it honors the tradition of all who have served our country. It especially pays tribute and evokes the memories of the fallen.
The author could have done a better job in providing context for the various chapters with regard to background, history, strategy and tactics. And more maps would have been helpful. But this does not diminish the value of the personal histories conveyed in this book and the contribution to posterity.
Well sourced and fully indexed, this 366-page book is essential reading for anyone wanting to learn more about the personal experiences of our best trained warriors in World War II. It was essential research for my own historical novel
John E. Nevola
Author of The Last Jump - A Novel of World War II
He hits all of the major campaigns, North Africa, D-Day, Italy, Battle of the Bulge, Market Garden and the famous Hill 400. While writing this, he does not interject his own assumptions and theories of what happened, instead he guides the reader as if he is performing a lecture to a classroom. This is where the author's strength arises. He does not keep on talking. He simply cuts off and let's the veterans tell their story, and what a story it is!
The veterans tell about the power of friendships, the fear of 88 mm shells coming at your foxhole, the horrors of watching a friend die, what it feels like to be wounded, and they even discuss how hard it is to get over the war.
By the time the book is over the reader will have a sense of how horrible war is and how much it should be avoided. This is simply one of the best first person World War II books on the market today. Patrick O'donnell should be proud of what he has created.
Pro: 1) The author allows the veterans to tell their tales 2) Great Readability 3) Great Maps help guide even the novice of World War II students