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Alex Kershaw

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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed best sellers The First Wave, The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, #TheLiberator, the basis for the Netflix drama, and Escape from the Deep, as well as biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa. His latest book is Against All Odds, published March 2022.

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ONE OF THE LAST FOUR LIVING NAVAJO CODE-TALKERS, THOMAS BEGAY, REMEMBERS


Thomas Begay was playing football in a gravel pit near his school in New Mexico when someone announced the Pearl Harbor attack by saying, “The Japanese are coming over, and they are going to kill all of us.”

I said: ‘Oh gosh! I don’t want to die.’” Begay, of Window Rock, Arizona, now in his late 90s, is one of only four men st Read more of this blog post »
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The Longest Winter: The Bat...

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The Liberator: One World Wa...

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The Bedford Boys: One Ameri...

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Avenue of Spies: A True Sto...

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The First Wave: The D-Day W...

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Escape from the Deep: The E...

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"Another great one from Alex Kershaw. I will forgive the technical inaccuracies (M1 for Mi carbine, 50MM for 50 calibre and the color of Lt's bars) as the important message of the book is the courage and determination of the Medal Of Honor recipients." Read more of this review »
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I have read many books about war heroes, and this one by far is at the top! It was easy to read, very detailed, and very touching. I felt like I knew these men, and honestly, it would have been an honor."
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“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

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Katherine Indeed, I did!


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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


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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"


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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?


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Ian Divertie I knew I recognized that name! Thanks!


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