Book Report – Spring 2015

2015 Colby Award Winner
Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne
By Douglas V. Mastriano, Ph.D.

Alvin-YorkDouglas V. Mastriano’s new biography of Alvin C. York tells the story of one of America’s most famous and celebrated World War I heroes. Known to generations as “Sergeant York” from Gary Cooper’s Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film of the same name, York is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers in the Meuse-Argonne region of France, a deed for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. In the book, Mastriano, a colonel in the U.S. Army, sorts fact from myth using archival research, military-terrain analysis, and forensic study to reconstruct the events of the October 1918 act of heroism that earned Sergeant York our country’s highest military honor.

Alvin York is the winner of the 2015 Colby Award, which will be presented to Mastriano at the 20th Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, April 8-9, 2015. For more information, visit

Other 2015 Symposium guests include Lewis “Bob” Sorley, author and former CIA chief of Policy and Plans Division, Pulitzer prize-winning author Philip Caputo, and Cheri Caddy, director for Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach, National Security Staff.

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