Book Review: Avenue of Spies

I’ve been on a nonfiction kick lately. I blame this on the fact that when I go to the library I pick up about 10 fiction books before I think to browse around the nonfiction selections, so the nonfiction ones draw me in a little more when it’s time to pick a book to be sent for review. 

This time, I chose Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw (who actually friend requested me on Goodreads after I read the book).

The book was a surprisingly easy read, I read it in one sitting last night. A lot of times biographies can be hard to stick with, but this one kept me very intrigued for most of the book.

The story is that of an American doctor, Sumner Jackson, and his wife and son who were drawn into the resistance during the Nazi occupation of France. Jackson helped to smuggle injured Allied fighters from the hospital he worked and out of the country. The entire Jackson family are a great testament to the many people who helped the Allies be successful in WWII.

The thing this book does best is paint a picture of war life in France. WWII has always terrified me a bit, but reading how easy Paris fell and what life was like after added a new level. However, when the story reached the day Paris was won back by the Allies, I felt a surge of pride when the flag was restored.

Overall, I think this book was extremely well written and handles it’s content well. I would actually be extremely interested in reading the author’s other book, Bedford Boys, as they came from a town about 30 minutes away from where I live.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.