Books by David Matthews

Kicking Ass and Saving Souls is David Matthews’ astounding biography of Stefan Templeton, his friend since childhood and a true-life action figure. Matthews entertainingly, and oftentimes critically, relates it, Templeton’s life is a white-knuckled read from his early days in West Baltimore to his current calling as a humanitarian aid worker. Over the course of the book there are close calls with Yakuza thugs and hungry sharks; there are karate brawls and daring jewel heists; and there are moments of selfless heroics. In other words, there’s enough unbelievable action in Kicking Ass to shame James Bond into retirement, and though Matthews agrees that it reads like fiction, he promises that Templeton’s story is bullshit-free. Here, we talk to Matthews about the book.

Released: July 25, 2011

"Eat your heart out, James Bond."
A rapid-fire biography about the improbable life of humanitarian Stefan Templeton, a "bad guy gone good because he'd never really been that good at being bad." Read full book review >
ACE OF SPADES by David Matthews
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Moments of exuberant power, but Matthews too often stumbles over his own sentences."
Debut memoir relates the author's struggles with a mixed-race identity, his family's battles with poverty and his search for a profoundly schizophrenic mother who disappeared during his infancy. Read full book review >