Item description for Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy: The Remarkable Untold Story of Sgt. Alvin C. York by John Perry...
Overview Whatever happened to the greatest soldier of World War I? Idolized by millions, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Sergeant Alvin C. York returned from the battlefields of France to a hero's welcome. Refusing offers from Hollywood and Vaudeville, he turned his back on half a million dollars and went home to the hills of Tennessee, saying, "Uncle Sam's uniform ain't for sale." In the war, when he faced more than two dozen German machine guns all alone in the Argonne Forest, York had no time for heroic choices. He had to fight. His true hero's choice came later, in denying himself a life of ease and luxury to battle for rural education and Christian ideals against self-serving politicians, scheming businessmen, jealous adversaries, Hollywood hucksterism, and the IRS. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of America's greatest twentieth-century Christian patriot, based on new interviews with his children and other family members, Hollywood film archives, and York's own war diary and correspondence. His story is one of struggle, sacrifice, and ultimate triumph in the service of his mountain people, his beloved country, and his God. Illustrated with 16 pages of photos from the York family album.
Publishers Description In a world desperate for authentic heroes, the story of Alvin C. York reminds us of the true meaning of heroism. York's bravery on the battlefield made him famous, but it was his decision to turn down the easy riches of celebrity that secured his position as one of history's greatest Christian patriots. Based on new interviews with all of York's living children, and York's own diaries, this exhaustive biography follows the young soldier from the hills of Tennessee to the battlefields of France, down Broadway in a triumphant ticker-tape parade, and back home to his family farm where he spent the rest of his life in service to his community and his God.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 1997
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
ISBN 0805460748 ISBN13 9780805460742 UPC 634337016993
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More About John Perry
The late Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician, was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he taught for many years. He also lectured widely in the United States. Winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, he is the author of many books including the influential Principia Mathematica, with Alfred North Whitehead, and The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872-1967, published in three volumes. John Perry is H.W. Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-editor of Oxford's Introduction to Philosophy, Second Edition.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy: The Remarkable Untold Story of Sgt. Alvin C. York?
Heroism goes beyond the Battlefield Aug 13, 2007
If you've seen the 1941 film "Sergeant York" with Gary Cooper, then this book is a must read for you. Perry delves into the man, Alvin York, and tells us the rest of the story. Yes, the defining moment of York's life happened in the Argonne Forest in WW1, but he went on to do more. He battled Lindberg, the IRS and more. This book doesn't paint York as faultless by any stretch, but it also is by no means an exposé. Just a keen insight into the complex life of a simple man.
If you enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit", you will also be moved by this book as well.
An American Hero the likes of whom will never see again Apr 23, 2007
Alvin York spent 19 months of his 76 years in the United States Army during World War I (WWI) and 20 minutes to an hour in the action which made him America's greatest hero of that war. In writing a book about Alvin York, then, the author had to make a decision. Should he write about those 19 months, about that hour, or about the man's entire life? For any other man, the answer would be fairly simple: write about that hour. For Alvin York, however, the answer is quite different, and this author rightly chose to write the complete story of his life both before, during, and after his heroic military service.
When I began reading the book, however, I didn't realize this, and, as a result, I was somewhat disappointed. It seemed to me that all the action, the interesting stuff, was up front and then the book slowly transitioned into the more mundane story of York's later life. But I persisted and gradually came to realize that that was the way York, himself, would have wanted it. After all, as he said many time throughout his life, "Uncle Sam's Army is not for sale."
I must agree with some of the previous critics that this book is almost too detailed, particularly in the middle chapters, as York, with his third grade education, struggles against entrenched politicians to fulfill his dream of building a Christian school in the Tennessee mountains so the backwoods children could have the education he never had. But if you persist, you will likely come to realize, as I did, that his actions after the war and the manner in which he lived his life are much more heroic than anything he or anyone else did in the Great War or in any other war.
The bottom line is this: Alvin York is much more of a hero than I had ever imagined, and, although this book may at times be a difficult read, I highly recommend it. After all, although he never caught a touchdown pass or hit a ninth inning home run, Sergeant York is one hero whose like will never be seen again (guaranteed).
Sgt. York:His Life... an exhaustive account Jul 18, 2006
The Sgt York Biography by John Perry is an exhaustive effort to give a representation of the Life of Alvin York in the highest degree of accuracy, and tedious attention to detail in painting the most True to Life version that anyone is likely to come across. If one is interested in what made Alvin C. York Tick, then John Perry's account is your book. If only a general understanding is what is sought, then these pages will be far more than what you may have bargained for. But For Fineness of intricacies which permeated Sgt. York's Life, Read John Perry's version.
Everyone wanted a piece of him Mar 7, 2005
After reading his life of Mary Custis Lee, which was quite impressive and turned up many unique insights into a tragically misjudged lady, I sought out other books by Tennessee's own and only John Perry. I found a copy of UNSHAKABLE FAITH, but it had mildewed badly and was nearly unreadable. But faith must have led me to a path of light because on a dark shelf in an East Bay bookstore my hand crept down past a row of Elizabeth Peters books, and landed almost by a miracle on this earlier book by Perry.
I knew very little about Alvin York, except that my grandfather, whose name was Alvin, always blamed the remarkable fame of Sgt York on the popularity of this previous unknown name. He said when he went to school there were thirty-four boys in his graduating class called Alvin. John Perry addresses this amazing renown. His exploits in the Argonne Forest became the stuff of legend, and the Gary Cooper biopic in 1941 muffed the facts a bit to give York more of a country background than actually he had. Many members of his extended family were quite erudite, and my grandfather always used to say that one of York's aunts had written the very first home economics textbook in English, predating Boston's Fannie Farmer by some years.
Perry has a sincere way of writing, and the excitement doesn't let down when York comes back home a hero. You see him doing good works in the name of the Lord and, although many politicians and lawmakers were ever ready and anxious to buy up a piece of his ass, hoping to enlist him into one or another misbegotten crackpot scheme. To his credit York paid them no mind and just continued on his humble way. As with his life of Mary Lee, Perry shows how a good writer concentrates on the facts and lets the legend go its own way, like a small boy cutting the string to a kite and waving it goodbye. The truth is, what becomes a myth is something we have no control over, and Perry acknowledges this with good grace and a wry smile.
Highly recommended not only to Tennesseans and to Christians, but to everyone out there interested in a good life story.
Boring! Jan 9, 2002
I'm going to do what the author couldn't seem to do "get to the point" This book was very dry and I hope that Sgt York had a more exciting life (other than his war experience) than this book makes it sound. I had a hard time getting through it.