Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat
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Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat

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Previous books have promised to describe the combat experience of the World War II GI, but there has never been a book like Patrick O'Donnell's "Beyond Valor." Here is the first combat history of the war in Europe in the words of the men themselves, and perhaps the most honest and brutal account of combat possible on the printed page. For more than fifty years the individu...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Free Press (first published 2001)
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John Nevola
Outstanding account of America's best warrirors during World War II. This book contains first person accounts of paratroopers, Rangers and other special operations units. They were the tip of the spear and were given the tougest missions and assigmemts.

Patrick K. O'Donnell collected and selected these stories from hundreds of interviews and presented the most exciting, most adventerous and most tragic stories of them all.

Highly trained, physically fit and tremendously motivated young men and bo...more
William
Stories and experiences of airborne troops in WWII, in their own words. Reading their experiences will give you a first person experience that goes beyond, around and through the hollywood ideal of war....and how people react. At times horrifying, patriotic...and sometimes even funny....as close as you can come to being there....
I came away with a comforting realization of people's abilitites rise to the occassion....regardless of circumstance...do what needs to be done...and then return back to...more
J
I listened to the book on tape. I am always humbled by what these men did in fighting WWII. I have been to some of the places they talk about and as I view these landscapes and terrain and try to imagine what they did, it seems impossible. Yet, in hearing their stories they were just men, and just "did thier duty", and did the impossible.
Humans can do amazing things, both good and evil.
Steve
Excellent account of those who served in the U.S. Army Ranger Battalions and Airborne divisions in Europe during World War II.
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