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Alex Kershaw

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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.

Most historians have one area of expertise. You have focused largely on WWII, but that is a huge subject. Which part of that time in history would you say is your specialty?

Alex Kershaw: The war in Europe, especially as seen from an American point of view. I've written three books about American infantrymen but also about American pilots in the Battle of Britain. I am European and love writing... Read more of this blog post »
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The Longest Winter: The Bat...

4.13 avg rating — 4,700 ratings — published 2004 — 25 editions
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The Liberator: One World Wa...

4.20 avg rating — 3,126 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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The Bedford Boys: One Ameri...

4.14 avg rating — 2,357 ratings — published 2003 — 19 editions
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Escape from the Deep: The E...

4.05 avg rating — 1,541 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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Avenue of Spies: A True Sto...

3.93 avg rating — 1,802 ratings — published 2015 — 9 editions
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The Few: The American ""Kni...

3.99 avg rating — 1,242 ratings — published 2006 — 31 editions
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The Envoy: The Epic Rescue ...

4.17 avg rating — 794 ratings — published 2009 — 11 editions
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Blood and Champagne: The Li...

4.18 avg rating — 283 ratings — published 2002 — 16 editions
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Jack London: A Life

3.89 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 1997 — 10 editions
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To Save a People

4.44 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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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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“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.”
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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


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"


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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?


message 1: by Ian

Ian Divertie I knew I recognized that name! Thanks!


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