Kicking Ass and Saving Souls: The Story of a Boy from Baltimore Who Evolves from a Safecracking, Jewel-Heisting, Deep-Sea Diving, Ultimate-Fighting, International Playboy to a GlobetrottingHumanitarian [NOOK Book]

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The gripping and redemptive story of how an American boy went looking for adventure and wound up trying to save the world

Stefan Templeton is a true Renaissance man with an insatiable thirst for risk. Before he was twenty-one, Templeton had hunted in Burgundy, brawled in Oxford, served as a medicine man on Colombia, escaped death in the Amazon, and trained to be a deep-sea diver on Cousteau’s Calypso. In this biography that reads like a ...
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Kicking Ass and Saving Souls: The Story of a Boy from Baltimore Who Evolves from a Safecracking, Jewel-Heisting, Deep-Sea Diving, Ultimate-Fighting, International Playboy to a GlobetrottingHumanitarian

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Overview

The gripping and redemptive story of how an American boy went looking for adventure and wound up trying to save the world

Stefan Templeton is a true Renaissance man with an insatiable thirst for risk. Before he was twenty-one, Templeton had hunted in Burgundy, brawled in Oxford, served as a medicine man on Colombia, escaped death in the Amazon, and trained to be a deep-sea diver on Cousteau’s Calypso. In this biography that reads like a thrilling adventure novel, readers accompany Templeton through the United States, Europe, South America, Japan, and Southeast Asia—chronicling the amazing life of a playboy, jewel thief, warrior, and finally a hero who finds a focus in humanitarian relief work in some of the bleakest corners of the globe.


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A rapid-fire biography about the improbable life of humanitarian Stefan Templeton, a "bad guy gone good because he'd never really been that good at being bad."

Matthews (Ace of Spades: A Memoir, 2008) met Templeton in 1977, when both were the only two mixed-race children at their Baltimore school. But where the author was a skinny, fearful outsider, his friend was already revealing himself as the relentless force of nature he would become. Born to a Norwegian mother with "blood ties going back to the 900s and Olaf the Holy" and a black Vietnam vet turned philosophy professor, Templeton was a walking singularity from the start. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Europe and the United States, shuttling between the sophisticated chaos of his mother's bohemian circles and the stable but square world of his father's middle-class home. Though a soft "mama's boy" at first, he learned Taekwondo from his black-belt father and became a first-class fighter, both in the dojo and on the streets. His exposure to European culture and education and the intellectual discipline of his father shaped him into a profoundly thoughtful young man—and a magnet for girls and women on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite his self-confidence, Templeton lacked real direction. He attended a prestigious university-preparatory school for international students in England where he became the lover of a rich Parisian girl. From there, he went trekking through jungles in Colombia, then trained in Marseille to join the Cousteau diving team. He then drifted into the Scandinavian criminal underworld and fled to Japan, where he almost killed a man in barroom brawl. In Thailand, he experienced the unexpected spiritual awakening that transformed him from warrior criminal to warrior hero dedicated to helping those in need. Matthews' narrative reads like "the stuff of fiction, the stock-in-trade of thrillers and James Bond movies"; it's also an exhilarating narrative about redemption and the power of personal choice.

Eat your heart out, James Bond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101517048
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


David Matthews is the author of 2007 New York Times Editor's pick Ace of Spades. His work has also appeared in Salon, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Autobiographer's Handbook: the 826 National Guide to Writing your Memoir. He lives in Manhattan, but can't wait to move back to Brooklyn.
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