- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8697465547
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.45 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Notoir Books (October 13, 2020)
- Language: : English
From a log cabin back in the mountains of Tennessee, forty-eight miles from the railroad, a young man went to the trenches of Worldwar 1.
He was untutored in the ways of the world, and – like so many other young men of his generation – had to learn the hard way.
Caught by the enemy in the cove of a hill in the Forest of Argonne in the north of France, he single-handed fought a battalion of German machine gunners until he made them come down that hill to him with their hands in air. There were one hundred and thirty-two of them left, and he marched them, prisoners, into the American line.
THAT made him famous. But this book is not only about that heroic feat. It also dives deep into the culture that shaped him, or how Alvin York became who he was. His ancestors were cane-cutters and Indian fighters. Their lives were full of adventure. They were men of strong hate and gentle love. He grew up in that post-frontierlife culture.
This is not a war-story, but the true tale of the making of a man. It is the tale of an ordinary guy, who became a hero because of his outstanding actions. His ancestors were able to leave him a very important legacy—an idea of American manhood.
This story was made into a feature movie in 1941, with Gary Cooper in the role of Sergeant Alvin York.