Book is on controversial figure Alvin York
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values for his book Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.
The award recognizes a first book that best exemplifies the values of the Crader Family Endowment for American Values: individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue. The award is presented to a book in the area of US, European or Latin American history that explores the historical development of the political, religious, and economic heritage of Western Civilization, or events directly related to them. An honorarium of $1,000 comes with this achievement.
The purpose of this award is to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society.
In Alvin York, Mastriano, a colonel in the U.S Army, examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity. As a devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I, York is known as one of America’s most famous and celebrated soldiers. York’s capture of 132 German soldiers earned him the award of Congressional Medal of Honor, and continues to spark controversy among historians who think York has received more recognition than he deserves.