Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and



10 thoughts on “Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Reading about an unsung hero is always special and Dr Sumner Jackson went above and beyond, paid a heavy price When the Nazis entered Paris, Dr Sumner was the chief surgeon, he stayed when most of the other doctors resigned, leaving Paris He and his wife, Toquette joined the French resistance and aided many in information and helping other get to safety.I felt emotionally drained after reading this book Reading about the Nazis actions in the four years they were in charge of Paris was horri Reading about an unsung hero is always special and Dr Sumner Jackson went above and beyond, paid a heavy price When the Nazis entered Paris, Dr Sumner was the chief surgeon, he stayed when most of the other doctors resigned, leaving Paris He and his wife, Toquette joined the French resistance and aided many in information and helping other get to safety.I felt emotionally drained after reading this book Reading about the Nazis actions in the four years they were in charge of Paris was horrific The tension, wondering how long these wonderful people could escape detection while living right in the middle of the Nazi elite What would happen to them if caught They were not Jewish but they were collaborators and political enemies I also never knew that when liberation was close, the Nazis herded prisoners onto prison ships So a hard read as most of these holocaust book are, but so glad people who had received little recognition were afforded some at the end The book carries all the way to the war criminal trials were Summers son, who was only sixteen when his childhood abruptly ended, testifies His son was also instrumental in the writing of this book.ARC from Netgalley


  2. Lorna Lorna says:

    Avenue of Spies A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family s Heroic Resistance in Nazi Occupied Paris was the heartbreaking tale of the horrors of Nazi occupied Paris, the French Resistance fighters and an American family that risked it all Sumner Jackson was an American physician and surgeon living with his wife and young son on the exclusive and beautiful tree lined Avenue Foch in the heart of Paris Sumner Jackson served as a combat physician during World War I where he met Avenue of Spies A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family s Heroic Resistance in Nazi Occupied Paris was the heartbreaking tale of the horrors of Nazi occupied Paris, the French Resistance fighters and an American family that risked it all Sumner Jackson was an American physician and surgeon living with his wife and young son on the exclusive and beautiful tree lined Avenue Foch in the heart of Paris Sumner Jackson served as a combat physician during World War I where he met and later married French nurse Toquette During the occupation, this exclusive residential area was the center, not only for the Nazi officers, but the spies, informers and collaborators with the Vichy government Sumner wanted to go back to America when it was still possible to leave the country but his wife, Toquette, wanted to remain in Paris so that she could be near her family Dr Jackson continued to operate on the many injured soldiers and prisoners of war at the American Hospital, where he was respected and revered The heroism in their resistance to Hitler and the sacrifices of this family were many at this very tragic period in our historyFinally, de Gaulle exhorted his fellow citizens to never give up, assuring them Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and shall not die The stress for many within the resistance, not just for Toquette and Sumner who were only too aware of the growing dangers surrounding them became too much to bear Every shrill of the telephone, every knock on the front door, every shifty look from a stranger, might herald the end


  3. Charlie - A Reading Machine Charlie - A Reading Machine says:

    A real joy to read and a complete immersion into Nazi occupied Paris There is so little that is black and white with decent people allowing horrible things to happen to save their own lives or serve their own purpose If you are a fan of this time period in history dont hesitate to grab this book, you wont put it down.


  4. C. C. says:

    If you want to read at least one great book this summer, I strongly suggest you pick this one I feel as though I was transported to Paris, to Avenue Foch from the beginning of the German Occupation and stayed until the liberation though in reality, it was only a two day stay From the second I began to peruse the first page as I usually do when I get a new book, I could hardly put this down Avenue Of Spies by Alex Kershaw has it all guts and glory, horror, bravery, cowardice, greed, atrocity If you want to read at least one great book this summer, I strongly suggest you pick this one I feel as though I was transported to Paris, to Avenue Foch from the beginning of the German Occupation and stayed until the liberation though in reality, it was only a two day stay From the second I began to peruse the first page as I usually do when I get a new book, I could hardly put this down Avenue Of Spies by Alex Kershaw has it all guts and glory, horror, bravery, cowardice, greed, atrocity and heartbreak all with a backdrop of love, kindness and most of all, bravery.Alex Kershaw s writing style is spectacularly simple but gives the reader an acute understanding of what is happening which is rare when I read history, and is a sure sign of a good writer I have read quite a few books about WWII this year, and this book by far is my favorite but it s not even the history that is riveting in the pages of this book it s the story of heroes In this tale, Kershaw recreates the German Occupation in the City Of Lights His subject is an American, Dr Sumner Jackson, who lived on the posh Avenue Foch with his wife, Toquette, and their boy, Phillip Dr Sumner was the head doctor at the American Hospital in Paris and if that wasn t enough, he chose to help in the resistance against the Nazis as did Toquette and Phillip Even when they could have gotten out, they stayed Even when things got perilously close in danger they didn t leave when the noose began to tighten on Foch Avenue and they were surrounded by the enemy, they stood firm.This book is inspirational It could change a life It could inspire you, dear reader, to be bigger than yourself With the example of the human beings in the pages of this book, you could be bigger and better than ever and aspire to do good things This is no mere history book, though the history is appallingly real, this book isabout humans at their best and their worst This story is about real people who faced an empire and did not back down though most did The hunger, the horror, the power the Nazis held over France was impressively strong and Paris fell with a whimper due in part by what had happened in Poland, but in the background there were people such as Sumner, his wife, Louise Marie Dissard, Violette Szabo, British Intelligence and other forces who where chipping away at the regime with the very real cost of being caught and murdered The Gestapo and the SS had sinister ways in which to capture those in the resistance, such as the Funkspiel, where the Germans would impersonate a British spy after taking control of a their radio In this way, and others, they were able to crack into the line of resistance fighters and gain valuable information It was a cat and mouse game on Foch Street and the Sumners never knew when someone would turn them in or confess information after being tortured Parisians left and right were either working for the Germans or had befriended them.So, if you want to read a really great book pick this one This is an incredibly great story I can t recommend itI was literally stuck to this book for two days and while I wasn t reading it, I was talking about it.I would also suggest the Notes in the back of the book for further information and reading I also see that Alex Kershaw has written several other books and I intend to get them This is my great book alert for you There is no way you would be disappointed reading about great heroes in the midst of terrifying danger in the most beautiful city in the world during one of the ugliest wars in history


  5. Natalie Natalie says:

    I learned so much from this compelling book It was such an interesting story and while it was a lot of historic information, it was not a boring read Alex Kershaw writes about the family of Dr Sumner Jackson, an American physician working in Paris When WWII breaks out, and the Nazis invalid Paris, Dr Sumner helps to save Allied soldiers and Jewish Frenchmen by falsifying medical documents His family becomes part of the Resistance, and actually lives on the same street that the Nazis decide I learned so much from this compelling book It was such an interesting story and while it was a lot of historic information, it was not a boring read Alex Kershaw writes about the family of Dr Sumner Jackson, an American physician working in Paris When WWII breaks out, and the Nazis invalid Paris, Dr Sumner helps to save Allied soldiers and Jewish Frenchmen by falsifying medical documents His family becomes part of the Resistance, and actually lives on the same street that the Nazis decide to set up their headquarters, Avenue Foch This book was just an amazing inspirational story The whole Jackson family was so brave, and Alex Kershaw really made their story shine as it deserves to This book was a wonderful read and I recommend it to any history buff


  6. Theresa Theresa says:

    Alex Kershaw never disappoints He has a knack for discovering, researching, and telling rich, warm, and meaningful World War II tales In Avenue of Spies, Kershaw writes about an American born doctor living in Paris who gave everything to help save fallen British pilots and other allied forces during the darkest hours of Nazi terror A gripping story of a courage and heroism.


  7. Cynthia Dunn Cynthia Dunn says:

    I continue to read Holocaust and Nazi history because I keep wanting to be reminded and never to forget how brutal men can be to their fellow men This book was different in one respect It showed how courageous, strong, and unself serving the Resistance could be Amazing book.


  8. Bob Schnell Bob Schnell says:

    Advanced reading copy review Due to be published August 4, 2015 Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw is a gripping, fascinating look at life for an American family in Paris under the Nazis Sumner Jackson was a surgeon from Maine who was working in the American hospital in Paris because his Swiss wife couldn t stand living in the USA Their son Phillip was a typical teen ager who was comfortable in both worlds When the German army invaded France, Sumner decided that his job at the hospital was too Advanced reading copy review Due to be published August 4, 2015 Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw is a gripping, fascinating look at life for an American family in Paris under the Nazis Sumner Jackson was a surgeon from Maine who was working in the American hospital in Paris because his Swiss wife couldn t stand living in the USA Their son Phillip was a typical teen ager who was comfortable in both worlds When the German army invaded France, Sumner decided that his job at the hospital was too important to abandon He sent the rest of the family to their house in the country where they could be safe from the SS and Gestapo who were moving in to the residential homes on Avenue de Foch, next to the Jacksons The tension ramps up when America enters the war and the Nazis take an interest in their neighbors on the block It doesn t help that the Jacksons have been using Sumner s position at the hospital to help smuggle downed British pilots back to friendly territory.The story moves along quickly in this book and it doesn t flinch from the gruesome realities of interrogation, torture and the concentration camps It is also not sensationalist which is often the downfall of other similar books There are periods of suspense, action, terror and disbelief that will keep you turning the pages There are many stories of resistance from WWII and this is one of the better told ones


  9. Debbie Debbie says:

    This was definitely an interesting and informative book It mostly dealt with one family a husband, wife and their young son who lived on Avenue Foch which just happened to be one of the richest streets of Paris during the second World War.The father was a doctor who was instrumental in getting a lot of people out of Paris and into ally countries His wife was instrumental in getting involved with the resistance.Of course, there were other players in the book but these were the main ones The This was definitely an interesting and informative book It mostly dealt with one family a husband, wife and their young son who lived on Avenue Foch which just happened to be one of the richest streets of Paris during the second World War.The father was a doctor who was instrumental in getting a lot of people out of Paris and into ally countries His wife was instrumental in getting involved with the resistance.Of course, there were other players in the book but these were the main ones The story starts before Germany captures Paris and ends when Germany falls It gives a total insight as to the inner working of the Third Reich and how some of the officers were not exactly playing by the book I ve read books that talk about the Germans coming in and taking over Paris and how they would act But this book tells exactly what was going on behind the scenes and it gives a clearer picture about the train rides and the camps I would like to thank Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing me with this e galley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it It s not a fun read, but unfortunately it s a factual read


  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    An interesting book about an American family Dr Sumner Jackson, his French wife Toquette, and their teenage son Phillip who lived on Avenue Foch in Paris during World War II a street that became synonymous with being arrested by the Gestapo, the SS, or the SD, and from there disappearing into Hitler s Night and Fog One wonders throughout the book if and when the Jacksons will cease to be overlooked by the Nazis Kershaw does a good job of telling their story in the context of the occupation An interesting book about an American family Dr Sumner Jackson, his French wife Toquette, and their teenage son Phillip who lived on Avenue Foch in Paris during World War II a street that became synonymous with being arrested by the Gestapo, the SS, or the SD, and from there disappearing into Hitler s Night and Fog One wonders throughout the book if and when the Jacksons will cease to be overlooked by the Nazis Kershaw does a good job of telling their story in the context of the occupation of Paris and of France, based on extensive interviews with family members as well as other historical sources Photos and notes at the end


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Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris [PDF / Epub] ★ Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris By Alex Kershaw – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 World War II The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of The best selling Spies: A Kindle Ø author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II 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 , found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French Avenue of MOBI :Ú resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high Just down the road at Numberwas the mad sadist Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann prot g charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps And Numberhoused the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi GermanyFrom 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 of Spies: A PDF/EPUB Â brutal round up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Numberbut 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 returnDrawing 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.