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At the risk of sounding too 'Jerry Maguire', Alex Kershaw had me at 'The Bedford Boys' and I've been of huge fan of his ever since! 'Avenue of Spies' tells the story of an American doctor and his family (wife and son) who, living just steps away from the center of Nazi evil in Paris, became part of the French Resistance. The story is told mainly through the eyes of a 16 year old, now an old man, who loved and worshipped his father and all the good that he stood for. It shares some details about their daily life under Nazi occupation, and without giving away too much (no spoilers here!), explains what happened to them as a result of their choice to fight. And something I really liked about this book is that Alex puts their story into context by explaining what was happening in Paris and how the City of Light managed to avoid total destruction. (No Herr Hitler, Paris is NOT burning!!) I listened to the audio version of this book (great narrator!) that included an interview with Alex where he offered some insight as to how this story came to be. If you're interested in World War II history and enjoy reading about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, I highly recommend adding 'Avenue of Spies' to your reading list!
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What made the experience of listening to Avenue of Spies the most enjoyable?
Great story that tells what true heroes are made of.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Avenue of Spies?
When the father, Dr. Jackson, refused to possibly save himself and stayed with his patients.
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