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Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American… (utgåvan 2015)

av Alex Kershaw

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"The best-selling author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during the Second World War. The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the 'mad sadist' Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany. From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return. Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler"--… (mer)
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Titel:Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France
Författare:Alex Kershaw
Info:New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
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Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris av Alex Kershaw

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Story of a family who became part of the Resistance in Nazi occupied France. Lots of detail packed into a relatively short audiobook make it difficult to follow at times, but overall a worthwhile read. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
I absolutely loved this audiobook. The lengths that this family went through to help the allies in France amazed me. It was incredibly dangerous but they never hesitated to do what they thought was right. I can't imagine how nerve wracking it had to be to be working to help the allies while living on the same street as the Nazi leaders. Amazing heroic story. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
An amazing story about a incredibly noble and courageous family living in Nazi-occupied Paris. Kershaw did a great service to history by documenting their harrowing story before it was lost to the ravages of time. ( )
  dele2451 | Dec 1, 2019 |
Very readable nonfiction of an unsung hero of World War II: Dr. Sumner Jackson, a sureon from Maine, U.S.A., and family, who aided French Resistance when the Nazis occupied France. Dr. Jackson and his family helped with "escape lines"--a sort of underground railroad helping opponents of the Nazis escape Paris and using their house as "drop-box" for the Resistance, on Avenue Foch, where sinister agencies of the Nazis were headquartered. The book details these events, also the family's betrayal, horrendous captivity and their repatriation. There were many pictures. ( )
  janerawoof | Aug 20, 2018 |
Dr Sumner Jackson was a surgeon at the American Hospital in Paris, living with his family in a very fine neighborhood of Paris, when the Nazis roared in and devastated the city and all of France. In spite of the fact that the Gestapo and the German army headquarters were on the same street of his home, he quickly began helping people escape by giving shelter through the hospital - Jews, French patriots, even downed British pilots. Later his wife, Toquette, joined the Resistance, passing documents and providing resources to spies. The result of their work was ultimately savage and tragic, the worst the Nazis were capable of.

Alex Kershaw's Avenue of Spies is at first a bit tedious, then interesting, then ultimately captivating in the last few chapters as we find out what happens to Sumner and Toquette, and even their son. I wish the early parts of the book were as good as the end, but if you stick with it, you'll be rewarded with a great story. ( )
  drneutron | Nov 1, 2016 |
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"The best-selling author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during the Second World War. The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the 'mad sadist' Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany. From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return. Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler"--

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