Avenue of Spies

Avenue of Spies

A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-occupied France

Large Print - 2015
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The true story of an American doctor and his family in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II. Exclusive Avenue Foch was Paris's hotbed of spies, secret police, informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when the couple at number 11--American physician Sumner Jackson and his Swiss-born wife Toquette--joined the French resistance, they knew the stakes were extraordinarily high. They would be risking not only their own lives but that of their only child, twelve-year-old Phillip. Toquette agreed to allow the Goelette network of the resistance to use their home as a drop box for vital information en route to Britain. As D-Day neared, the noose began to tighten
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2015
ISBN: 9780804194853
0804194858
Characteristics: x, 426 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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darladoodles
May 27, 2019

This heroic story will inspire you and break your heart. An American doctor, Sumner Jackson, joins the resistance along with his beloved wife Toquette. Their Paris home is on the Avenue Foch and the Nazis have commandeered many of the nearby homes for their offices. Sumner and Toquette attempt to keep their teen-age son Phillip separate from their activities. Under the very noses of the Gestapo, the Jackson home is used for package drops, many of them being airmen and others working against the German occupation. The Nazis are relentless in rooting out all resistance and the Jackson family is eventually arrested. Their experiences as prisoners remind us of the necessity for all the war crimes trials that took place after the war was over. As you read about this family and their story, you will see connections to historical fiction titles like "The Nightingale," "The Lost Girls of Paris," and "Lilac Girls." Well researched and a fascinating read.

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OGBooktalk
Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

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vv8
Oct 20, 2015

This was a compelling and informative read. It was interesting being transported back to France during the Nazi occupation. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast-paced it was while still including many historical details.

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