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Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc–the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day’s Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe by Patrick K. O’Donnell adds to the rich history on the 2nd Ranger Battalion. The book specifically centers around D Company in that Battalion.

As with many unit histories in a war, O’Donnell begins with the formation of the unit and how the men bonded during training.  Unlike other World War II units, Dog Company’s (and the rest of the battalion’s) training was especially harsh to weed out those who were not fit either mentally or physically for their projected missions. O’Donnell then describes how a core group of men fought in the various battles in the European Theater of Operations from Pointe du Hoc to Brest to the Bulge and beyond. He captures their feelings of exhilaration in surviving battle, but also the sense of loss from so many friends who were either killed or wounded.

Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc–the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day’s Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe by Patrick K. O’Donnell adds to the rich history on the 2nd Ranger Battalion. The book specifically centers around D Company in that Battalion.

As with many unit histories in a war, O’Donnell begins with the formation of the unit and how the men bonded during training.  Unlike other World War II units, Dog Company’s (and the rest of the battalion’s) training was especially harsh to weed out those who were not fit either mentally or physically for their projected missions. O’Donnell then describes how a core group of men fought in the various battles in the European Theater of Operations from Pointe du Hoc to Brest to the Bulge and beyond. He captures their feelings of exhilaration in surviving battle, but also the sense of loss from so many friends who were either killed or wounded.

They Dared Return: The Untold Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Patrick K. O’Donnell explores one of the most intriguing stories out of World War II – clandestine operations led by ex-German Jews against Nazi Germany – in his book They Dared Return: The Untold Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany.

The book generally describes the planning and execution of several operations conducted by the American Office of Strategic Services (precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency) against the Nazis in German-occupied Austria and Yugoslavia.  The operations centered around a group of Jewish soldiers who were German expatriates and who wanted to help the Allies defeat Nazi Germany – most of them had family members in the concentration camps.  O’Donnell focuses mainly on Operation Greenup – an effort to find out about and try to thwart the Nazis’ plan to build a heavily fortified area for their last stand against the Allies.

In the Mail: True Stories

–> They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick K. O’Donnell

Publishers Weekly

Revisiting one of the most dangerous WWII missions ever, O’Donnell (We Were One) examines the planning and execution of a 1944 strike by Jewish soldiers against a top-secret target in Austria that, it was believed, could shorten the conflict. He fleshes out the tale of sacrifice, spies, courage and betrayal organized by the American Office of Strategic Services to take on Gestapo troops in a heavily fortified district, Alpine Redoubt, the site of a planned bunker where Nazi leaders would hide after the Allies arrived in Germany. Under the command of Frederick Mayer—a German-Jewish refugee, naturalized American citizen and Wildcat Ranger—Operation Greenup was a brazen military exercise behind enemy lines, using a core of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and locals to gather intelligence and reduce the resistance from SS soldiers. Armed with research in the National Archives, confidential documents and personal interviews, O’Donnell tells a heart-stopping tale of sabotage by men and women who placed everything on the line against a seemingly unstoppable tyranny.

–> The Murder Business: How the Media Turns Crime Into Entertainment and Subverts Justice by Mark Fuhrman

Synopsis

Crime stories fascinate the public. But between factual news stories, overblown “human interest” reports and salacious murder mystery exposés, it’s difficult to tell where news ends and entertainment begins. Mark Fuhrman, best-selling author of Murder in Brentwood, explores this fine line and how it is increasingly being crossed, revealing new and shocking details on such highprofile cases as JonBenet Ramsey, Martha Moxley and Chandra Levy. In The Murder Business, Fuhrman argues that the media’s approach to covering crime (“if it bleeds, it leads”) has allowed many criminals to get away with murder and impeded the search for justice. The Murder Business presents a compelling plea for journalists, cops and citizens to demand higher ethical standards in the pursuit of justice.

Retired LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman is the New York Times best-selling author of Murder in Brentwood, Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Spokane, Death and Justice and A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963.

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