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Patrick K. O'Donnell is the award-winning author of six books, including the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah, We Were One. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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. 8 pages of b&w photos; map. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
January Magazine, 11/2/10 "There are so many remarkable things about They Dared Return one barely knows where to begin...[It] compares easily to the most engaging thrillers you might care to read, but the fact that none of this is fiction makes the story all the more compelling. A compelling and thought-provoking book." Magill Book Reviews "Memorializes the legacy of a group of America's little-known heroes...This book should be required reading by every American today, no exceptions!" Martyrdom and Resistance, May/June 2012 "Much has been written about Jews as victims during the war. Not nearly enough has been written about Jews as fighters. Patrick K. O'Donnell's volume They Dared Return: The Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany is thus very welcome and important, and tells a unique and little known story."