Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc--the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe

Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc--the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe

3.7 10
by Patrick K. O'Donnell
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions



In the tradition of Band of Brothers, Patrick K. O’Donnell tells one of World War II’s greatest untold storiesSee more details below

Overview



In the tradition of Band of Brothers, Patrick K. O’Donnell tells one of World War II’s greatest untold stories

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator
"Long admired for his powerful combat narratives, with Dog Company O’Donnell has produced his finest book yet. A fascinating tale of extraordinary heroism."

John C. McManus, author of September Hope
"An intimate history in the Band of Brothers tradition. Only a gifted combat historian like Patrick O'Donnell could bring Dog Company’s story to life with such stunning immediacy and well researched accuracy. Chock full of pulse pounding action and keen insight, this book is a true page-turner."

Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach
"No World War II historian can tell the story of the U.S. Army Rangers better than Pat O’Donnell, and in his book Dog Company he has managed to relate the remarkable history of a single Ranger company in an informative and entertaining way. It is a great read, and I recommend it highly, both to history buffs and those with only a passing interest in America’s past."

Flint Whitlock, author of If Chaos Reigns
"Wow! Another victory for Patrick O’Donnell, who really captures the spirit of this elite group of Rangers&mdashpossibly the toughest fighting force America has ever put together. Dog Company is every bit as good as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, and likely even better.”

General Doug Brown USA (Ret.) Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command 2003-2007
"This is an incredible story of courage under fire, leadership at all levels and bravery beyond comprehension. The bravery and leadership of Dog Company lives on in today’s Army Rangers as they take the fight to America’s enemies in the Global War on Terror. This is the story of real American heroes and no one can tell the story better than Patrick K. O’Donnell."

Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
"Patrick O’Donnell has set the gold standard for war histories rich in color, drama and detail. With Dog Company, he’s hit that high mark once more. Drawing on a trove of government reports plus hundreds of in-depth interviews with the men who fought, O’Donnell takes you from the scaling of Pointe du Hoc’s murderous cliffs on the Normandy coast to the Battle of the Bulge and into the rubble of Germany. World War II comes to life through the eyes of this one company of intrepid U.S. Army Rangers."

Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author
"A great American writer."

Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer prize winning author of Day of Battle
"Remarkable and very readable...vivid."


Kirkus Reviews, 10/1/12“[An] inspiring story…O'Donnell engagingly describes how a dedicated team was built out of the specialist training it received, but he is at his best presenting the fortunes and shocks of battle as the months of planning and training were blown away in a series of mischances that also fortuitously safeguarded the unit from delayed pre-invasion bombing runs…A worthy tribute honoring each member of a small group of volunteers who responded to the call of duty.”

Bookviews blog, November 2012
“The story of the heroism of the men defies the imagination, but it is real and told well by a distinguished military historian.”

Politics & Patriotism blog, 11/7/12
“A fast-paced read that’ll redefine your understanding of the U.S. Army Rangers in Europe during Word War Two.”

Roanoke Times, 11/9/12
“A fine tale of heroism and sacrifice marked by many personal interviews with the very few present-day survivors.”

Kingman Standard
, 11/7/12
“Carefully documented and researched…[O’Donnell’s] interviews of many surviving veterans have captured their stories in fitting detail…This is a 5-star book and one which every veteran can be proud of having on their bookshelf!”

WomanAroundTown.com, 11/18/12
“No one doubts the bravery of the gallant men of Dog Company…And no one is more qualified to tell the tale than Patrick K. O’Donnell.”

InfoDad.com, 11/29/12
“Fine and finely detailed…There is plenty of action here, plenty of detail about battles major and minor, plenty of heroism to contemplate, and plenty of material to keep readers fascinated by the events of World War II interested.”

Philadelphia Tribune, 11/18/12
“Thoroughly researched and vividly told.”

Reference and Research Book News, December 2012
“Written in a dramatic narrative style for general readers and WWII history buffs, the book emphasizes the roles and relationships of individual members of the company.”

Midwest Book Review, November 2012
“[An] excellent contribution to military history shelves, thoroughly accessible to scholars and lay readers alike.”

San Antonio Express-News, 12/21/12
“The daring combat actions by ‘boys’ from America’s heartland comes to life in Dog Company…O’Donnell captures the intensity of the mission.”

Marion
Sentinel, 12/20/12
“Tells [Tom Ruggiero’s] D-Day story in tight detail. It also provides fresh and intimate looks at how the Plymouth native and others in Dog Company went on to fight their way across France and into Germany. O’Donnell’s story captures the essence of bravery in a man we can all still proudly honor.”

Milwaukee
Public Library blog, 12/28/12“If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, then this new book on D Day…will be right up your alley. Well researched and written, the story of a company of US Army Rangers and their near impossible mission is a tale of honor, gallantry, persistence and death.”

Seattle Times, 1/6/13“O’Donnell skillfully tells the tale of the 68 soldiers who made up the 2nd Ranger Battalion… Though there have been hundreds of books that tackled D-Day, none have given so much detail to this one company or to Pointe du Hoc… O’Donnell does an admirable job presenting the story of the Rangers in such minute detail that you feel you are there during the assault… Dog Company helps keep that sacrifice alive with the cinematic telling of a small story that forever changed history.”

inReads.com, 12/11/13:
 “[O’Donnell] writes vividly about war…Readers of Dog Company will be immersed in the soldiers’ lives from training all the way to the battles they fought.”

Lima News, 2/10/13
“O’Donnell paints a vivid picture of the valor possessed by the 68 soldiers of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, D company during World War II. If you enjoyed ‘Band of Brothers,’ this story is for you.”

The Key Reporter, 3/12/13
“Powerful, immediate and poignant.  The men of Dog Company richly deserve this remembrance of their valor.”

Midwest Book Review
, March 2013

“A powerful account of World War II and a 'must' for any military history holding.”

America in WWII, April 2013
“O’Donnell effectively captures the story of these Dog Company Rangers in combat…A fast-paced personal story…It blows away the dust of history.”

WestLife
, 3/27/13

“Provides an hour-by-hour account of Dog Company’s stand against a much larger German force.”

World War II, May/June 2013
“Dog has found a fitting chronicler in Patrick O’Donnell…A unique reconstruction of a special kind of war fought by a rare breed of soldiers…A gripping account…[An] understated but eloquent tribute to service beyond any call of duty.”

Defense Media Network, 6/5/13
“A vivid narrative of rare power. Personal details, so important in an account like this, add an intimacy to the triumphs and trauma of life in the service and survival on the battlefield, and O’Donnell’s narrative is rich with them…[An] amazing story.”

Collected Miscellany
, 5/27/13

“Adds to the rich history on the 2nd Ranger Battalion…One of O’Donnell’s strengths is his ability to capture the story of the individual soldier in the midst of a larger battle…O’Donnell adds another layer to the rich history of Ranger warfare in World War II.”

Kirkus Reviews
Inspiring story of the Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, Company D ("Dog Company"), from battle historian O'Donnell (Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company, 2010, etc.). The 200-plus volunteers who made up the initial complement of Dog Company assembled at Fort Meade in March 1943. The author has worked with veterans of the unit--e.g., the late Len Lomell and other "great Ranger friends"--to trace survivors and organize their stories and memories into the Drop Zone Oral History Project, which provides one of the sources for this book. The soldiers were trained to assault and capture high points from the sea, and the cliffs and heavy gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc were their target from the beginning. The assignment was considered to be "a suicide mission," and top officials "projected casualties would top 70 percent." O'Donnell engagingly describes how a dedicated team was built out of the specialist training it received, but he is at his best presenting the fortunes and shocks of battle as the months of planning and training were blown away in a series of mischances that also fortuitously safeguarded the unit from delayed pre-invasion bombing runs. The author also highlights the courage of Ranger Lt. Bob Edlin and his three companions, who organized "the unbelievably audacious bluff" that secured the surrender of the German garrison of the Lochrist Gun Battery at Brest in August 1944. A worthy tribute honoring each member of a small group of volunteers who responded to the call of duty.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306821592
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
101,592
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator
"Long admired for his powerful combat narratives, with Dog Company O’Donnell has produced his finest book yet. A fascinating tale of extraordinary heroism."

John C. McManus, author of September Hope
"An intimate history in the Band of Brothers tradition. Only a gifted combat historian like Patrick O'Donnell could bring Dog Company’s story to life with such stunning immediacy and well researched accuracy. Chock full of pulse pounding action and keen insight, this book is a true page-turner."

Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach
"No World War II historian can tell the story of the U.S. Army Rangers better than Pat O’Donnell, and in his book Dog Company he has managed to relate the remarkable history of a single Ranger company in an informative and entertaining way. It is a great read, and I recommend it highly, both to history buffs and those with only a passing interest in America’s past."

Flint Whitlock, author of If Chaos Reigns
"Wow! Another victory for Patrick O’Donnell, who really captures the spirit of this elite group of Rangers&mdashpossibly the toughest fighting force America has ever put together. Dog Company is every bit as good as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, and likely even better.”

General Doug Brown USA (Ret.) Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command 2003-2007
"This is an incredible story of courage under fire, leadership at all levels and bravery beyond comprehension. The bravery and leadership of Dog Company lives on in today’s Army Rangers as they take the fight to America’s enemies in the Global War on Terror. This is the story of real American heroes and no one can tell the story better than Patrick K. O’Donnell."

Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
"Patrick O’Donnell has set the gold standard for war histories rich in color, drama and detail. With Dog Company, he’s hit that high mark once more. Drawing on a trove of government reports plus hundreds of in-depth interviews with the men who fought, O’Donnell takes you from the scaling of Pointe du Hoc’s murderous cliffs on the Normandy coast to the Battle of the Bulge and into the rubble of Germany. World War II comes to life through the eyes of this one company of intrepid U.S. Army Rangers."

Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author
"A great American writer."

Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer prize winning author of Day of Battle
"Remarkable and very readable...vivid."

Kirkus Reviews, 10/1/12“[An] inspiring story…O'Donnell engagingly describes how a dedicated team was built out of the specialist training it received, but he is at his best presenting the fortunes and shocks of battle as the months of planning and training were blown away in a series of mischances that also fortuitously safeguarded the unit from delayed pre-invasion bombing runs…A worthy tribute honoring each member of a small group of volunteers who responded to the call of duty.”

Bookviews blog, November 2012“The story of the heroism of the men defies the imagination, but it is real and told well by a distinguished military historian.”
Politics & Patriotism blog, 11/7/12
“A fast-paced read that’ll redefine your understanding of the U.S. Army Rangers in Europe during Word War Two.”

Roanoke Times, 11/9/12“A fine tale of heroism and sacrifice marked by many personal interviews with the very few present-day survivors.”
Kingman Standard
, 11/7/12
“Carefully documented and researched…[O’Donnell’s] interviews of many surviving veterans have captured their stories in fitting detail…This is a 5-star book and one which every veteran can be proud of having on their bookshelf!”

WomanAroundTown.com, 11/18/12“No one doubts the bravery of the gallant men of Dog Company…And no one is more qualified to tell the tale than Patrick K. O’Donnell.”
InfoDad.com, 11/29/12
“Fine and finely detailed…There is plenty of action here, plenty of detail about battles major and minor, plenty of heroism to contemplate, and plenty of material to keep readers fascinated by the events of World War II interested.”

Philadelphia Tribune, 11/18/12“Thoroughly researched and vividly told.”

Reference and Research Book News, December 2012
“Written in a dramatic narrative style for general readers and WWII history buffs, the book emphasizes the roles and relationships of individual members of the company.”

Midwest Book Review, November 2012
“[An] excellent contribution to military history shelves, thoroughly accessible to scholars and lay readers alike.”

San Antonio Express-News, 12/21/12“The daring combat actions by ‘boys’ from America’s heartland comes to life in Dog Company…O’Donnell captures the intensity of the mission.”
Marion
Sentinel, 12/20/12“Tells [Tom Ruggiero’s] D-Day story in tight detail. It also provides fresh and intimate looks at how the Plymouth native and others in Dog Company went on to fight their way across France and into Germany. O’Donnell’s story captures the essence of bravery in a man we can all still proudly honor.”
Milwaukee
Public Library blog, 12/28/12“If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, then this new book on D Day…will be right up your alley. Well researched and written, the story of a company of US Army Rangers and their near impossible mission is a tale of honor, gallantry, persistence and death.”

Seattle Times, 1/6/13“O’Donnell skillfully tells the tale of the 68 soldiers who made up the 2nd Ranger Battalion… Though there have been hundreds of books that tackled D-Day, none have given so much detail to this one company or to Pointe du Hoc… O’Donnell does an admirable job presenting the story of the Rangers in such minute detail that you feel you are there during the assault… Dog Company helps keep that sacrifice alive with the cinematic telling of a small story that forever changed history.”

inReads.com, 12/11/13: “[O’Donnell] writes vividly about war…Readers of Dog Company will be immersed in the soldiers’ lives from training all the way to the battles they fought.”

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >