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Alvin York : a new biography of the hero of the Argonne
Mastriano, Douglas V.
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Publication Information:
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
Physical Description:
xii, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I -- is one of America's most famous and celebrated soldiers. Known to generations through Gary Cooper's Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film Sergeant York, York is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers on October 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France -- a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. At war's end, the media glorified York's bravery but some members of the German military and a soldier from his own unit cast aspersions on his wartime record. Recently, a new generation of historians has also argued that York received more recognition than he deserved.
A life well lived -- Without prospect -- At war with the army -- Marching as to war -- Into the trenches! -- Prelude to battle -- One day in October -- The war without end -- Emergence of a national hero -- Back on the farm in Pall Mall -- Another war with Germany -- Honoring a hero.
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