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Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France

Author: Alex Kershaw
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Military history
Named Person: Sumner Waldron Jackson; Sumner Waldron Jackson; Sumner Waldron Jackson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Kershaw
ISBN: 9780804140034 0804140030
OCLC Number: 910239494
Description: x, 286 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: PART ONE. CITY OF DARKNESS --
THE FALL --
TO SAVE FRANCE --
THE FOURTEENTH --
DAY TRIPPERS --
SPIES OF SUMMER --
WINGED VICTORY --
ON DOCTOR'S ORDERS --
PART TWO. ARMIES OF THE NIGHT --
AVENUE BOCHE --
THE SHADOW GAME --
NUMBER 11 --
THE LAST SUMMER --
THE LAST METRO --
PART THREE. NIGHT AND FOG --
GUESTS OF THE REICH --
THE COUP : JULY 20, 1944 --
AVA MARIA --
DAYS OF GLORY --
NIGHT AND FOG --
NEUENGAMME --
DELIVERANCE --
PART FOUR. AFTER THE FALL --
ONE DAY IN MAY --
HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE --
JUSTICE --
EPILOGUE: LES INVALIDES.
Responsibility: 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"--

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