Books

DEFIANT (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014).  Alvin's fourth book - his breakout book - is fast-capturing readers of every stripe.  It reveals the amazing and untold true story of eleven POWs in Vietnam, known as the Alcatraz Eleven - eleven Americans the North Vietnamese identified as their most uncooperative and subversive captives.  The book also tells the story of the "Alcatraz 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, including Senator John McCain and President Jimmy Carter

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Fly Navy (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2011). Alvin's latest book reveals the true spirit of naval aviation.  It carries readers beyond the Top Gun stereotype and introduces them to the extraordinarily dedicated men, women, and families who make naval flight operations possible.  Across America and aboard five aircraft carriers in three oceans, including the Arabian Sea, Alvin discovered how the great enterprise of naval aviation instills a special code and spirit in its patriot-servants and how they have, togehter, shaped our navy, nation, and world during the past 100 years. 

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Spirit of Adventure (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009). Alvin's second bookintroduces America to a new generation of leaders - young Eagle Scouts who are leading lives of purpose and adventure.  To meet these young men, Alvin traveled the globe, diving in Australia, surfing in Hawaii, rock climbing in Nevada, venturing into Africa, and cruising home aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.  He discovered an inspiring story of service and leadership.

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Legacy of Honor (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007).  Alvin's first book explores how Scouting has influenced American life.  In writing the book,Alvin met with the nation's top leaders, including Eagle Scouts Michael Bloomberg, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Defense SecretaryRobert Gates, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13.  He also recorded the stories of a Tuskegee Airman, a POW fromVietnam, a September 11 NYPD hero, Hurricane Katrina relief workers, and many others.

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