The book, An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC has found its way into the hands of many Americans who are looking for Catholic role models. Now the award-winning book written by Norman Fulkerson will extend its reach yet farther with the publication of a paperback second edition that has just come off the press.
The book is the riveting cradle-to-grave biography of Colonel John W. Ripley, who was a true Marine legend of the Vietnam era, devoted Catholic, an outspoken Marine, faithful father, in short, an American knight. It is a book that engages, inspires and motivates, complete with anecdotes and pictures from all phases of this hero’s life.
The book has met with acclaim winning the 2010 Gold Medal for biography of the Military Writers Society of America. The new edition features additional never-before-published pictures and new testimony of praise from Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel H. C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr., USMC. Of special note is a commentary praising the book by Mary Susan Goodykoontz, the last surviving sibling of Colonel Ripley, who calls it “an extremely accurate account of my brother’s life” which “brought back so many happy memories of someone I sorely miss.”
For those wishing for inspiration or to give a gift of inspiration to youth, this book is hard to beat. An American Knight has already made its way far and wide. Now the book’s updated second edition will keep the legend going.
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