The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II

The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II

by David A. Smith

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The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II by David A. Smith

When he was seventeen years old, Audie Murphy falsified his birth records so he could enlist in the Army and help defeat the Nazis. When he was nineteen, he single-handedly turned back the German Army at the Battle of Colmar Pocket by climbing on top of a tank with a machine gun, a moment immortalized in the classic film To Hell and Back, starring Audie himself. In the first biography covering his entire life—including his severe PTSD and his tragic death at age 45—the unusual story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated hero of WWII, is brought to life for a new generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575849
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: World War II Collection Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 316,536
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David A. Smith is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from what is now Texas State University in San Marcos and his Ph.D. in modern American history from the University of Missouri. He lives in Woodway, TX, with his wife and children.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 A Child of the Depression 1

Chapter 2 Finding a Purpose 11

Chapter 3 Into the Fight 19

Chapter 5 A Road to Heroism 45

Chapter 6 A Weary Victor 61

Chapter 7 A Hero Returns to Texas 77

Chapter 8 A Hero Goes to Hollywood 91

Chapter 9 The Making of a Star 109

Chapter 10 To Hell and Back 125

Chapter 11 Riding a Crooked Trail 147

Chapter 12 No Name on the Bullet 163

Acknowledgments 179

Filmography of Audie Murphy 181

Notes 205

Index 225

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The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
larydane More than 1 year ago
Short and interesting Bio on a true American Hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed a good read about Audie Murphy.  The author did a super job filling in all the answers to the questions I had.  I recommend the book to anyone wanting to find out more about our most decorated WWII hero.