Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II’s Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat

By Patrick K. Ou2018Donnell
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

9.20 Hours 08/01/2002 unabridged
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Patrick O’Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to America’s Special Forces. These veterans were often the first in and the last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. Over the course of the war, they had spearheaded D-day-sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. By at last telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much.

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Patrick O’Donnell has made a career of uncovering the hidden history of World War II by tracking down and interviewing its most elite troops: the Rangers, Airborne, Marines, and First Special Service Force, forerunners to America’s Special Forces. These veterans were often the first in and the last out of every conflict, from Guadalcanal and Burma to the Philippines and the black sands of Iwo Jima. They faced a cruel enemy willing to try anything, including kamikaze flights and human-guided torpedoes. Over the course of the war, they had spearheaded D-day-sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. By at last telling their stories, these men present an unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Patrick O’Donnell may be the next Studs Terkel. Spending untold hours with proud and often laconic veterns, coaxing their stories with meticulous care, he has shown us the wet, dark, jungled truth of the Pacific War.” Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers
“Succinct historical narratives help set the stage for these eyewitness accounts, which often involve horrific tales of best friends killed, whole units decimated, and the madness of wartime atrocities. This important work preserves these veterans’ shocking and moving stories for generations to come. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“An abundant, interesting, and accurate chronicle of the war…Those seeking the uncensored truth and a dose of military history will not be disappointed.” AudioFile
“A superior addition to World War II oral archives.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Patrick K. O’Donnell

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a bestselling military historian and the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and First SEALs. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English