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Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat Paperback – Mar 5 2002

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (March 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684873850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684873855
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,303,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recalling harrowing rescue missions, gun battles and the knee-deep swamp mud that forced soldiers to hold up their comrades' heads while they slept to keep them from drowning, veterans from elite WWII units relive the Pacific theater in Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat. Editor Patrick K. O'Donnell (Beyond Valor) interviewed hundreds of veterans for this oral history of the battles at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and other locations. Brief testimonies of horrifying violence and hair-raising close calls are sometimes described with emotion, other times in brutally honest deadpan.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


Carlo d'Este author of Patton: A Genius for War What Steven Spielberg accomplished visually for the cinema in Saving Private Ryan, Patrick O'Donnell has accomplished through the printed word.

General Henry H. Shelton former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff An extraordinary book. The unselfish actions of these incredible men will serve to inspire future generations of Americans whenever our nation's security is threatened. Their sacrifices and accomplishments will live through the ages.

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.

USA Today Captures what the average soldier went through during combat.

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