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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be a very interesting volume on the life of Sergeant York. There are few factual mistakes. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kevin Woodruff
Very interesting account of American History and World War 1.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good story about a great man. Very detailed and becomes long and a bit repetitive at times, but a very good story.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Spunkmeister
I thought there would be a lot more story here, I was disappointed.Published 4 months ago by aj pantoni
Very interesting and well worth reading about this hero from WW1. The story gets a bit tedious when the book goes into detail about all of the fund raising, but this was a big... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James M. Larson