Read an Excerpt from Alex Kershaw’s Avenue of Spies
Bestselling author and historian Alex Kershaw brings to light the remarkable story of an American family in Paris whose heroic efforts helped undermine the Nazis and change the course of World War II.
At the dawn of the 1940s, few could boast a more exclusive address than on Paris’s renowned Avenue Foch. Home to dignitaries, socialites, and some of Europe’s wealthiest citizens, in June of 1940 it would gain a new reputation as the Nazis marched into the City of Light, marking the beginning of more than four years of German occupation. Paris was the jewel in Hitler’s Crown, and from the confiscated mansions of Avenue Foch, the Gestapo would hold the city in its sinister grip. What the Nazis did not know, however, was that just down the street at number 11, a stronghold of French resistance had taken root.
“Kershaw portrays the suspense and terror of this time in the plight of one well-intentioned American-French family caught up in the horror. A tenderly engaging saga of solid research and emotional connection.” —Kirkus Reviews
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