(Review) Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France by Alex Kershaw

Publication Date: August 4, 2015.
Publisher: Crown.
Genre: Nonfiction. French Resistance, Nazi Germany, World War II.
Pages: 304.
Source: Free advance reader ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


American physician, Dr. Sumner Jackson, had been living in France since 1916. He later married a and they have a son. They live on Avenue Boche (nickname for the street Foch), a street in Paris that became home base for the Gestapo. Dr. Jackson continued to work at the hospital after the Nazi Occupation of France in 1940. His family after initially fleeing, returns.
The Jackson family became apart of the Resistance effort during the war. The book shares their individual stories.

My Thoughts:
There are several reasons I gave Avenue of Spies 5 stars for excellent.

  • Detailed character make-up of the Jackson family, other resistance fighters, principal Nazi officers.
  • SOE Agents working during the war whom the Jackson family knew.
  • Resistance work recreated.
  • The Gestapo plan and reign of terror on Jews.
  • Raw existence in a concentration camp.
  • The horror of war. 
  • Life in Paris under the Nazi tyranny.
  • Chronological proceedings of World War II. 
  • The aftermath of rebuilding a life.