ALEK SKARLATOS (Alek / Co-Author) was an Army National Guard
Specialist who, along
with his two childhood friends, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, made headlines
world when they heroically overpowered a Paris-bound train travelling from
Brussels in August 2015. He has been awarded the United States Army Soldier's
Medal from U.S.
President Barack Obama and has received France's highest decoration, the Legion
of Honor, from
French president FranÃ§ois Hollande.
Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler wrote about their experience, along with
co-author Jeffrey E.
Stern, and the book The 15:17 to Paris was published on August 23, 2016, by
Public Affairs, an
imprint of Perseus Books, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
In the fall of 2015, Skarlatos accepted an invitation to compete on ABC's hit
"Dancing with the Stars" for Season 21 of the long-running reality show, and
finished in third
Currently a resident of Oregon, Skarlatos is originally from Sacramento,