AVENUE OF SPIES: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris

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AVENUE OF SPIES: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris


Freeland, Maj Laura, Military Review


AVENUE OF SPIES A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Alex Kershaw, Crown Publishers, New York, 2015, 320 pages

Alex Kershaw's biographical novel about an American physician in German-occupied Paris, with his masterful storytelling , captures the reader's attention and poignantly encapsulates the situations of those involved. Kershaw is a well-known, bestselling history author. His previous works include The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Liberator, all centered on various World War II events. He weaves the tale with first-person accounts, anecdotes from established historical tomes, and even legal transcripts from the aftermath of World War II. Kershaw's thoroughly researched and unbiased writing allows the reader to experience all the emotions and complexity of the story.

Avenue of Spies is the saga of Dr. Sumner Jackson, his wife, Toquette, and his son, Phillip, in Germanoccupied France during World War II. Jackson, a renowned American physician who served valorously in World War I and after the war, settles in Paris with Toquette and works at the American Hospital in Paris. After many happy and peaceful years, the terror of the Third Reich descends upon the city, and the Jacksons face an agonizing decision: to aid in the various resistance efforts or to stand by idly and protect themselves. …

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