Kicking Ass and Saving Souls by David Matthews
A True Story of a Life Over the Line

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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 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.


 

About David Matthews

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David Matthews is a writer living in New York. He has appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show and the CBS Sunday Morning Show, and in People magazine.
 
Published July 21, 2011 by Penguin Books. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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.

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I’m such a cynic that I thought this book could be kind of an unmasking of Stefan, because I wasn’t there for these adventures and I thought, what if these stories I’m hearing are all bullshit?

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The son of a rich Norwegian “flower girl” and a street-smart African-American academic and Vietnam vet, Templeton’s parents split early, and the boy was yanked back and forth between the mean streets and schools of Baltimore and the castles and exclusive schools in Europe.

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