BOOK REVIEWS

The Tunnels – Greg Mitchell

tunGreg Mitchell, The Tunnels New York: Broadway Books, 2016, 381 pp. $7.38

The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell is a captivating book that captures the drama surrounding the Berlin Wall. Researched with meticulous detail, the author presents real-life stories of escape, heroism, betrayal, and courage.

History buffs will be fascinated by the story that unfolds that involves the Kennedy administration. The combination of political and personal history makes for good reading that will unquestionably keep readers up and begging for more.

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BOOK REVIEWS · History

AVENUE OF SPIES – Alex Kershaw (2015)

My introduction to Alex Kershaw took place several years ago as I spiespoured over his excellent book, The Longest Winter.  Kershaw is back again with another historical gem, Avenue of Spies.  The book chronicles the life and legacy of Sumner Jackson and his wife, Toquette.  These brave people joined the French in their pushback against the Third Reich during the heart of World War II.

Kershaw is a master story teller who has a special gift for transporting readers into the heart of Paris, a city that was overtaken by Nazi thugs.  He carefully guides readers through the historical drama, noting the tragic turn of events for Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and their family.

The author educates readers by helping them understand the worldview of Hitler’s henchmen as well as those who fought against the Third Reich.  The attention to detail is breath-taking.  The scenes are memorable.  The heroic deeds of the Jackson’s are sure to inspire readers.

I heartily recommend Kershaw’s excellent book, which is researched with precision and recounted in a thoughtful and memorable way.

I received this book free from the publisher.   I was not required to write a positive review. 

4 stars