Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne by Douglas V. Mastriano

By Douglas V. Mastriano

Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- religious Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of global warfare I -- is certainly one of America's most famed and celebrated squaddies. recognized to generations via Gary Cooper's Academy Award-winning portrayal within the 1941 movie Sergeant York, York is credited with the seize of 132 German squaddies on October eight, 1918, within the Meuse-Argonne sector of France -- a deed for which he was once offered the Congressional Medal of Honor.

At war's finish, the media glorified York's bravery yet a few individuals of the German army and a soldier from his personal unit forged aspersions on his wartime heroics. Historians proceed to discuss even if York has acquired extra reputation than he merits. A fierce war of words concerning the position of the conflict within the Argonne wooded area has additional advanced the soldier's legacy.

In Alvin York, Douglas V. Mastriano kinds truth from fantasy within the first full-length biography of York in a long time. He meticulously examines York's adolescence within the hills of east Tennessee, his provider within the nice battle, and his go back to a quiet civilian lifestyles devoted to charity. by means of reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield utilizing army terrain research, forensic learn, and study in either German and American documents, Mastriano reconstructs the occasions of October eight and corroborates the recorded money owed. at the eve of the WWI centennial, Alvin York offers to be a huge contribution to twentieth-century army history.

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