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Sgt. York His Life, Legend, and Legacy
Sgt. York His Life, Legend, and Legacy

Sgt. York His Life, Legend, and Legacy

The Remarkable Story of Sergeant Alvin C. York



480 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: May 2021

ISBN 9781735856322

Rights: WOR

Fidelis Publishing (May 2021)

Price: $18.00


War hero, Medal of Honor recipient, and one of the world’s first international media celebrities, Sgt. Alvin York was the most famous soldier of his generation. His welcome home ticker-tape parade in New York was the biggest in history at the time. Advertisers clamored for his endorsement, corporations invited him to join their boards of directors, and movie producers vied to put his story on the silver screen. Yet this shy country boy from the hills of Tennessee couldn’t imagine cashing in on fame coming from killing fellow human beings in the service of his country. “Uncle Sam’s uniform ain’t for sale,” he told them. Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy remains the only complete biography of this great American patriot based on original sources. Author John Perry scoured military records including official accounts of York’s famous battle from surviving eyewitnesses, as well as Warner Bros. archives in Hollywood for details about the film. He also interviewed a host of people who knew York including neighbors who welcomed him home from the war, attended his wedding, hunted and camped with him in the Wolf River Valley. York’s four surviving children were eager participants in the project, with son George Edward Buxton York commenting upon reading the completed draft, tears streaming down his face, “Now people will know what my daddy was really like!” This new edition includes a message from York’s youngest son, 90-year-old Andrew Jackson York.


''The greatest civilian soldier of the War.'' —General John J. Pershing , describing Sergeant Alvin York, who later received the Congressional Medal of Honor, Prauthoy, France, 1919  

"What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe.'' —Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Supreme Allied Commander in World War I, upon awarding Sergeant York the Croix de Guerre with Palm, St. Sliva, France, 1919  

''When I die, I had rather it be said about me that I gave my life toward aiding my fellow man than for it to be said that I became a millionaire through capitalizing on my fame as a fighter. I do not care to be remembered as a warrior; but as one who helped others to Christ.'' —Sergeant York, speaking before the First Presbyterian Men's Club, Nashville, Tennessee, 1926  

"This exemplar of the American fighting man died in 1964, all but forgotten.'' —Life magazine, describing Sergeant York in a special issue on American heroes, 1997

Author Biography

John Perry was the fifth generation of his family to be born in Green County, Kentucky. He grew up in Houston, TX, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He spent two years in the US Army infantry, assigned to the Fifth Army and then to TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command). He studied English history and art history at University College, Oxford, England, and earned a BA cum laude in English from Vanderbilt University with a minor in piano. Perry was an award-winning advertising copywriter and broadcast producer, then founder and partner of American Network Radio, a worldwide radio production and syndication service. He began his career as a biographer with Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy in 1997, the first of his nine books (so far). His novel, Letters to God, co-written with Patrick Doughtie, was a New York Times best seller. Perry is a lifelong firearms enthusiast who still shoots the Winchester .22 his father gave him for his eleventh birthday. He lives in the country outside Nashville, Tennessee.