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

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

by 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 World War II

The leafy Avenue 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 protégé 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804140034
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ALEX KERSHAW is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He lives in Willamstown, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Part 1 City Of Darkness

Chapter 1 The Fall 3

Chapter 2 To Save France 11

Chapter 3 The Fourteenth 21

Chapter 4 Day Trippers 29

Chapter 5 Spies of Summer 33

Chapter 6 Winged Victory 41

Part 2 Armies of the Night

Chapter 7 On Doctor's Orders 55

Chapter 8 Avenue Boche 65

Chapter 9 The Shadow Game 75

Chapter 10 Number 11 81

Chapter 11 The Last Summer 93

Chapter 12 The Last Metro 109

Part 3 Night and Fog

Chapter 13 Guests of the Reich 123

Chapter 14 The Coup: July 20, 1944 139

Chapter 15 Ave Maria 147

Chapter 16 Days of Glory 161

Chapter 17 Night and Fog 177

Chapter 18 Neuengamme 185

Chapter 19 Deliverance 191

Part 4 After the Fall

Chapter 20 One Day in May 203

Chapter 21 His Majesty's Service 209

Chapter 22 Justice 217

Epilogue: Les Invalides 225

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 231

Bibliography 267

Index 273

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