Alex Kershaw

more photos (8)




Brendan...
83 books | 23 friends

library...
564 books | 238 friends

Tima
21,493 books | 3,288 friends

happy
3,285 books | 202 friends

Minotau...
264 books | 1,200 friends

'Aussie...
3,121 books | 536 friends

Lisa Jo...
1,701 books | 154 friends

Arnis
5,762 books | 4,973 friends

More friends…



Alex Kershaw

Goodreads Author


Born
in York, The United Kingdom
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences

Member Since
September 2011


Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed best sellers The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, The Liberator, and Escape from the Deep, as well as biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa. His latest book is Avenue of Spies. He lives in Massachusetts.

D DAY WIDOW

BETTY WILKES – A BEDFORD GIRL


I interviewed Betty Wilkes several years ago, after I had published The Bedford Boys. I recently found the transcript having learned that she had passed away. She lost her husband, Master Sergeant John Wilkes, on D Day, 6 June 1944. He was killed on Omaha Beach with 18 other men from the community of Bedford, Virginia.

The Bedford Boys: One American T...
Read more of this blog post »
7 likes ·   •  4 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on April 01, 2016 12:13 • 159 views • Tags: d-day
Average rating: 4.09 · 11,261 ratings · 1,107 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
The Longest Winter: The Bat...

4.11 avg rating — 3,721 ratings — published 2004 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Liberator: One World Wa...

4.15 avg rating — 1,909 ratings — published 2012 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Bedford Boys: One Ameri...

4.15 avg rating — 1,606 ratings — published 2003 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Escape from the Deep: The E...

4.01 avg rating — 1,114 ratings — published 2008 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Few: The American "Knig...

3.95 avg rating — 960 ratings — published 2006 — 26 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Avenue of Spies: A True Sto...

3.91 avg rating — 909 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Envoy: The Epic Rescue ...

4.21 avg rating — 489 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Blood and Champagne: The Li...

4.17 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jack London: A Life

3.87 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
To Save a People

4.47 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Alex Kershaw…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Alex's Recent Updates

Alex Kershaw is now friends with Brendan Elliott
41799968
The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw
"Author infuses eye witness accounts with military accounts. Brings D-Day into a new perspective. Also looks at the backgrounds of the men from Bedford who enlisted - why they enlisted, who they left behind, and the sacrifice of one town. "
The Liberator by Alex Kershaw
"Book gives insight into the negative effects of war."
Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw
"I thought this was such a great book - I listened to it rather than read it - for those who read The Nightingale and loved it, despite the sadness of the tale, this book provides the background for many of the details. This is the true story of a..." Read more of this review »
Alex Kershaw rated a book it was amazing
The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
Rate this book
Clear rating
awesome book about a story covered in other accounts but with massive new research and great story-telling. Great writer.
Alex Kershaw rated a book did not like it
The Secret War by Max Hastings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Alex Kershaw rated a book did not like it
The Secret War by Max Hastings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Alex Kershaw rated a book did not like it
The Secret War by Max Hastings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Alex Kershaw rated a book liked it
The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Alex's books…
“The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, what you do—is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny … it is the light that guides your way. —HERACLITUS”
Alex Kershaw, The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

“Like his other books, Kershaw has written a rousing tale of little-known heroes . . . The Few marks Kershaw as a master storyteller." — Booklist”
Alex Kershaw, The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

“His only realistic hope of survival was to order his own artillery to fire on his positions to stall the German attack. Some of his own men might be killed, but “pulling the chain,” as it was called, was his only option.”
Alex Kershaw, The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

Topics Mentioning This Author

“Like his other books, Kershaw has written a rousing tale of little-known heroes . . . The Few marks Kershaw as a master storyteller." — Booklist”
Alex Kershaw, The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

“Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy.”
Georges Simenon

“The place smelled of fairgrounds, of lazy crowds, of nights when you stayed out because you couldn't go to bed, and it smelled like New York, of its calm and brutal indifference.”
Georges Simenon, Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
Arnold Palmer

2059 THE WORLD WAR TWO GROUP — 1515 members — last activity 55 minutes ago
A chance to discuss books covering the Second World War, the battles, campaigns, leaders and weapons. Tantum librorum, tam brevi tempore (So many book ...more
8115 The History Book Club — 12333 members — last activity 28 minutes ago
"Interested in history - then you have found the right group". The History Book Club is the largest history and nonfiction group on Goodreads and the ...more



Comments (showing 1-7)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 7: by Alex

Alex Kershaw Jenean wrote: "Mr. Kershaw, I first read your book "Escape from the Deep" several years ago and then re-read it this fall after visiting the exhibit at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Since then I've bee..."

d day again!!!!


Jenean Eichenholtz Mr. Kershaw, I first read your book "Escape from the Deep" several years ago and then re-read it this fall after visiting the exhibit at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Since then I've been working my way through the rest of your titles - I read "Avenue of Spies" in two days last week and am a few chapters into "The Bedford Boys" now. I really enjoy all of them, especially how you make the men (and women) you write about seem so "real" - the personal details are terrific. I'd love to know what you're working on now! ~ Jenean


message 5: by Alex

Alex Kershaw A woman in Berlin. And. The final enemy by Richard Hillary and all of Cornelius Ryan and Paul brickhill!


Cynthia Dunn Mr. Kershaw, it seems that every book I pick up about the World Wars have only one or two stars from you. Other than your books, are there any authors I should read? I'm specifically talking about Human Smoke and Keegan's The First World War.

As I reviewed here, I loved Avenue of Spies.

Thanks for accepting my friend request.
Happy New Year.
Cynthia Dunn


Sognatore Thanks for the friend request, and congratulations on your book "the Liberator"


message 2: by Ian

Ian Divertie I am curious? Saw the television show "The Americans" the other night for the first time. I barely watch TV. I fancy I want to write a book about the "Cold War" myself and thereby I've read a lot of the recently published materials over the last fifteen years or so on it. Why hasn't recent scholarship on the "Cold War" penetrated the mainstream consciousness? Thoughts, observations, anything?


message 1: by Ian

Ian Divertie I knew I recognized that name! Thanks!


back to top