| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Europe Biographies & Memoirs Price : $8.99 Release Date : 2012-10-30 Description : <b>The untold story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War.<br /></b> <br />Written with Alex Kershaw's trademark narrative drive and vivid immediacy, <i>The Liberator</i> traces the remarkable battlefield journey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks through the Allied liberation of Europe—from the first landing in Italy to the final death throes of the Third Reich.<br /><br />Over five hundred bloody days, Sparks and his infantry unit battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the die-hard SS on the Fatherland's borders. Having miraculously survived the long, bloody march across Europe, Sparks was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria, where he and his men experienced some of the most intense street fighting suffered by Americans in World War II.<br /><br />And when he finally arrived at the gates of Dachau, Sparks confronted scenes that robbed the mind of reason—and put his humanity to the ultimate test.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Europe Books History Nonfiction True Crime Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2015-08-04 Description : <b>The best-selling author of <i>The Liberator</i> brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II<br /><br /></b>The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany. <br /><br />From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake  a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.<br /><br />Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, <i>Avenue of Spies</i> introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2008-03-18 Description : June 6, 1944: Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population just 3,000 in 1944--died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day. They were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford lost--it is a story one cannot easily forget and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. <i>The Bedford Boys</i> is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind.Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2007-04-02 Description : <b>The epic story of the vastly outnumbered platoon that stopped Germany's leading assault in the Ardennes forest and prevented Hitler's most fearsome tanks from overtaking American positions</b><b><br /></b>On the morning of December 16, 1944, eighteen men of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division found themselves directly in the path of the main thrust of Hitler's massive Ardennes offensive. Despite being vastly outnumbered, they were told to hold their position "at all costs." Throughout the day, the platoon repulsed three large German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing hundreds of German soldiers. Only when they had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. But their long winter was just beginning. As POWs, the platoon experienced an ordeal far worse than combat-surviving in wretched German POW camps. Yet miraculously the men of the platoon survived-all of them-and returned home after the war. More than thirty years later, when President Carter recognized the platoon's "extraordinary heroism" and the U.S. Army approved combat medals for all eighteen men, they became America's most decorated platoon of World War II. With the same vivid and dramatic prose that made <i>The Bedford Boys</i> a national bestseller, Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of these little-known heroes-an epic tale of courage, duty, and survival in World War II and one of the most inspiring episodes in American history. <i>The Longest Winter</i> is an intensely human story about young men who find themselves in frightening wartime situations, who fight back instinctively, survive stoically, and live heroically.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2010-10-26 Description : December 1944. Soviet and German troops fight from house to house in the shattered, corpse-strewn suburbs of Budapest. Crazed Hungarian fascists join with die-hard Nazis to slaughter Jews day and night, turning the Danube blood-red. In less than six months, thirty-eight-year-old SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann has sent over half a million Hungarians to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. Now all that prevents him from liquidating Europe’s last Jewish ghetto is an unarmed Swedish diplomatic envoy named Raoul Wallenberg.<br /><i>The Envoy</i> is the stirring tale of how one man made the greatest difference in the face of untold evil. The legendary Oscar Schindler saved hundreds, but Raoul Wallenberg did what no other individual or nation managed to do: He saved more than 100,000 Jewish men, women, and children from extermination.<br /><br />Written with Alex Kershaw’s customary narrative verve, <i>The Envoy</i> is a fast-paced, nonfiction thriller that brings to life one of the darkest and yet most inspiring chapters of twentieth century history. It is an epic for the ages.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2009-04-14 Description : In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine <i>Tang</i> was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived.<br />But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the Torture Farm.” When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II.<br /><br />With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made <i>The Bedford Boys</i> and <i>The Longest Winter</i> national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Fiction & Literature Literary Criticism Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2013-08-20 Description : Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught, he haunted California's waterside bars, brawling with drunken sailors and learning about love from prostitutes. His lust for adventure took him from the beaches of Hawaii to the gold fields of Alaska, where he experienced firsthand the struggles for survival he would later immortalize in classics like <i>White Fang</i> and <i>The Call of the Wild</i>.<br /><br />A hard-drinking womanizer with children to support, Jack London was no stranger to passion when he met and married Charmian Kittredge, the love of his life. Despite his adventurous past, London had never before met a woman like Charmian; she adored fornication and boxing, and willingly risked life and limb to sail and explore. She typed his manuscripts while he churned out novels, serving as his inspiration and his critic.<br /><br />Lover, fighter, and onetime hobo, Jack London lived large and died before he was forty. This is a rare biography, from bestselling historian Alex Kershaw, that proves the truth can be more fascinating--and a far greater adventure--than a fiction.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : History Books Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2007-08-28 Description : <i>The Few</i> tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of eight young Americans who joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940-over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made <i>The Bedford Boys</i> and <i>The Longest Winter</i> national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $4.99 Release Date : 1998-08-17 Description : A full-blooded, pacy biography of one of the most charismatic writers of the century, whose life and work were to inspire Hemingway, Steinbeck, Kerouac and Mailer. ‘We cannot help but read on’: TLS. ‘The energy, dynamism and sheer bursting life-force of Jack London bowls you over’: Scotsman.<br /><br />• Jack London’s life story (1876–1916) is as dramatic as any of the fiction he wrote. Born illegitimate in San Francisco, he was (in his teens) an oyster pirate, seal-hunter, hobo, Klondike goldminer – and spectacular drinker.<br />• On publication of The Call of the Wild in 1903, he became the most highly publicised writer in the world. Subsequent books, including Martin Eden, White Fang, The Iron Heel, The People of the Abyss, John Barleycorn, The Sea Wolf, continue in print as world classics in many languages.<br />• Apart from writing 50 books, he lectured for the Socialist Party in America; was a war correspondent in Korea and Mexico; introduced surfing to the West Coast; sailed the seven seas in his yacht, the Snark.<br /><br />About the author<br /><br />After graduating from Oxford University, Alex Kershaw worked as an advertising copywriter and then as a television researcher for Channel 4’s ‘Despatches’ before joining City Limits as a features writer. He has been a contributing editor of GQ Magazine and feature-writer for the Weekend Guardian and the Sunday Times. This is his first book.|
| Author : John Robert Slaughter & Alex Kershaw Genre : Military Books History Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2009-11-08 Description : "Slaughter vividly conveys the reality of combat during World War II in his book with sweeping passages that literally place his reader on the battlefield beside him." Belvoir Eagle<br /><br /> Before D-Day, regular army soldiers called the National Guardsmen of Virginia's 116th Infantry Regiment "Home Nannies" and"Weekend Warriors" and worse. On June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach, however, these proud Virginians who carried the legacy of the famed Stonewall Brigade showed the regular army and the world what true valor really was. In this moving World War II memoir, the author captures the life of GI Joe from pre-Pearl Harbor days through training, deployment overseas, and more training. All leads up to D-Day and Normandy on June 6, 1944, when Sergeant Bob Slaughter came across Omaha Beach with Company D of the 116th Infantry and the Bedford Boys.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $6.99 Release Date : 2010-11-12 Description : <b>Una biografía absolutamente veraz que puede leerse como una novela histórica de aventuras.</b><br /><br />El <b>extraordinario fotógrafo Robert Capa</b> fue testigo de excepción de los grandes acontecimientos históricos y bélicos del siglo XX: la Guerra Civil española, el desembarco de Normandía o la fundación del Estado de Israel.<br /><br />Incansable viajero, jugador, bebedor y mujeriego, murió a los 41 años al pisar una mina en la guerra de Indochina, después de una vida intensa y apasionante. A partir de entrevistas con personajes que le conocieron bien y de material de archivo, Alex Kershaw ha escrito una biografía absolutamente veraz que puede leerse como una novela histórica de aventuras.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Military Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2006-11-09 Description : As William P. Levine, a young Jewish U.S. Army intelligence officer, moved deeper into the Dachau concentration camp, he was speechless at the horrors he encountered. Even though liberated, the prisoners were still at risk. Levine caught a young Jewish prisoner, Maurice Pioro, as he was about to collapse and carried him to safety. It was in this moment, in hindsight, that Levine realized that the world needed a strong America. As William P. Levine, a young Jewish U.S. Army intelligence officer, moved deeper into the Dachau concentration camp, he was speechless at the horrors he encountered. Even though liberated, the prisoners were still at risk. Levine caught a young Jewish prisoner, Maurice Pioro, as he was about to collapse and carried him to safety. It was in this moment, in hindsight, that Levine realized that the world needed a strong America.
Following World War II, Levine embodied the sentiment of “The American Century” believing that it was America’s responsibility and his duty to prevent such atrocities in the future. He chose to remain in the U.S. Army Reserve to fight for freedom and democracy around the globe. Levine served as one of the highest ranking Jewish soldiers in American history, a major general, the highest ranking in the U.S. Army Reserve at the time.
Although Levine served honorably in the U.S. Army for decades, his family knew little of his WWII experiences. They didn’t know he was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. They didn’t know about his role in the liberation of Dachau. They didn’t know about the Jewish Soviet Soldier named Leon Kotlowsky who Levine encountered in Germany when their units met at the Elbe River. Their shared knowledge of Yiddish allowed them to celebrate the Allied victory together.
In the early 1980’s, Levine was reunited with the Dachau prisoner and the Soviet soldier. In those moments, he was inspired to break his decades of silence and finally share the haunting story of his experiences during WWII.
The General paints a moving portrait of a family man, a business man, a man of faith and a military man who loved his country. Although Levine served honorably in the U.S. Army for decades, his family knew little of his WWII experiences. They didn’t know he was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. They didn’t know about his role in the liberation of Dachau. They didn’t know about the Jewish Soviet Soldier named Leon Kotlowsky who Levine encountered in Germany when their units met at the Elbe River. Their shared knowledge of Yiddish allowed them to celebrate the Allied victory together.|
| Author : Alex Kershaw Genre : Nonfiction Books Biographies & Memoirs History Military Price : $25.99 Release Date : 2016-05-23 Description : Den bästsäljande historikern Alex Kershaw har skrivit en enastående skildring av soldaten Felix Sparks ofattbara öde.
Den amerikanske officeren Felix Sparks livsöde är exceptionellt. Under 500 dagar stred han sig genom Europa han kämpade mot tyskarna på Sicilien, deltog i de blodiga striderna i Italien samt i invasionen av Frankrike och vid Ardenneroffensiven.
Men kampen tog inte slut där. På väg mot München, nazismens födelsestad, fick Sparks och hans förband order om att bege sig till koncentrationslägret Dachau. Han blev en av de första som upptäckte den mänskliga tragedin bakom lägrets grindar.
Den bästsäljande historikern Alex Kershaw har skrivit en enastående skildring av soldaten Felix Sparks ofattbara öde. Hans 500 dagar i strid sammanfaller med den tid det tog att befria Europa från nazismen.|