Telling stories of purpose and triumph that truly inspire America
Best-selling author Alvin Townley risked everything on a dream when he embarked on a personal odyssey to discover stories of purpose, personal triumph, and adventure. His travels have taken him around the world - from Wall Street and the halls of Congress to the infamous Hanoi Hilton; from African villages to Australia's Great Barrier Reef; and from Rocky Mountain peaks to five aircraft carriers in three oceans. On these trips, he has uncovered inspiring stories of human spirit.
St. Martin's Press released his acclaimed books on Eagle Scouts, Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure in 2007 and 2009. FLY NAVY followed in 2011, marking naval aviation's centennial. His fourth book - Defiant - arrived in 2014 to acclaim from The New York Times, John McCain, Jimmy Carter and many others.
Alvin has discussed life and leadership with leaders like Michael Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Hank Paulson, Ross Perot, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Bill Gates, Sr., Jim Lovell of Apollo 13, Unbroken's Louie Zamperini, Navy SEALs, respected admirals, POWs from Vietnam, Peace Corps volunteers, Olympic athletes, young entrepreneurs, seasoned CEOs, and members of Congress.
Alvin grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and found a life-long love for adventure in Rocky Mountain trails, the reefs of the Caribbean, the remote lakes of Canada, and countless other wilderness spots. Alvin is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.
He graduated from Washington & Lee University, worked in the U.S. Congress, and helped manage global strategy for a top international consulting firm. He currently serves as a leadership consultant and as director of corporate philanthropy and veterans programs at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center, the nation's third largest.
His compelling talks have inspired audiences across North America. His books have earned praise from The New York Times, Tom Wolfe, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Gates, Peyton Manning, and many others. He has appeared on or in CNN, NPR, FOX, USA Today, and many other local and national media outlets. He lives with his wife Suzanne in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Defiant (2014) Alvin's fourth book has captured readers of every stripe. It reveals the amazing and untold true story of eleven American POWs the North Vietnamese identified as their most uncooperative and subversive captives. The book also tells the story of the wives who fought for their husbands' safe return when it seemed nobody else would. This epic story - which takes place over eight years - has inspired praise from all corners of America and deeply affects everyone who reads it.
Fly Navy (2011) explores the extraordinary people and enduring spirit of naval aviation, defining the deeply-held virtues that have marked aviators and their supporting cast during naval aviation's first 100 years. His round-the-world journey took him to five aircraft carriers in three oceans and to most major bases in the United States. He met present-day Blue Angels, young crew chiefs, and admirals, along with POWs and heroes from conflicts past. FLY NAVY lends an important new perspective to one of America's greatest traditions. Learn More >
Spirit of Adventure (2009) introduces America to a new generation of leaders - young Eagle Scouts who are leading lives of purpose and adventure. NFL MVP Peyton Manning commented, "Alvin Townley showcases the spirit of our young generation...Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about America's future." Learn More >
Legacy of Honor (2007), his first book, explores how Scouting has influenced American life. Aboutthe book, President Jimmy Carter said, "These Eagle Scouts will inspire readers to become leaders in serving others." Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Legacy of Honor "inspirational." Learn More >