New PDF release: Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne

By Douglas V. Mastriano

Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- religious Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of worldwide conflict I -- is considered 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 infantrymen on October eight, 1918, within the Meuse-Argonne zone 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 participants of the German army and a soldier from his personal unit solid aspersions on his wartime heroics. Historians proceed to discuss no matter if York has bought extra popularity than he merits. A fierce war of words concerning the place of the conflict within the Argonne woodland has extra complex the soldier's legacy.

In Alvin York, Douglas V. Mastriano kinds truth from fable within the first full-length biography of York in many years. He meticulously examines York's formative years within the hills of east Tennessee, his carrier within the nice battle, and his go back to a quiet civilian existence devoted to charity. via 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 debts. at the eve of the WWI centennial, Alvin York gives you to be an enormous contribution to twentieth-century army history.

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