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Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy: The Remarkable Untold Story of Sgt. Alvin C. York Hardcover – September 15, 1997

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About the Author

John Perry has coauthored books with John MacArthur, Richard Land, Mike Huckabee, among others and written historical books about Charles Colson, the Scopes Monkey Trials, and more. He is a two-time Gold Medallion Award finalist and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805460748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805460742
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After traveling to Pall Mall Tennesse and meeting the son of Sgt. York, seeing his home and visting his final resting place.I had to learn more about this amazing man. John Perry's book did an outstanding job of introducing this great man. This is not a blood and guts account of the horrors of WWI. While it is detailed at times it is through those details you learn what a true hero is. If you are looking for books about an Americans we should never forget this should be one of them.
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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.
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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.
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This book on York's life has an excellent beginning. It goes into great detail about his exploits in the war, and his humble reception of all the publicity that came with it. Not only did it give a good view of his life in the war but his life soon following WWI as well. But after that the book goes into too much detail of his life. Although that is what the book says it has, the author gave so many insights into his life that it made it a bit boring. From the middle of the book on you get lost in a world that was really unnecessary. It has a whole lot of stuff that no one would have cared to hear about. On the whole it gives an accurate account of his life. It is well written, and if you like to hear about every nook and cranny of York's life this is the book to read.
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John Perry does an exceptional job writing this book on a very remarkable mans life. He writes of his war experience and of his devout, uncompromising faith in God. This book is however; a little to detailed in the last half. It can become quite tiresome in certain sections. Despite this I highly recommend it as a good book and as an accurate account of SGT. Alvin C. York's life. It is obvious that John Perry put forth an incredible amount of research to write this book and make it as accurate as possible.
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