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Book Title: My Father's Secret War: A Memoir|
The author of the book: Lucinda Franks
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Edition: Miramax Books
Date of issue: March 14th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781401352264
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 747 KB
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In this moving and compelling memoir about parent and child, father and daughter, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lucinda Franks discovers that the remote, nearly impassive man she grew up with had in fact been a daring spy behind enemy lines in World War II. Sworn to secrecy, he began revealing details of his wartime activities only in the last years of his life as he became afflicted with Alzheimer's. His exploits revealed a man of remarkable bravado -- posing as a Nazi guard, slipping behind enemy lines to blow up ammunition dumps, and being flown to one of the first concentration camps liberated by the Allies to report on the atrocities found there.My Father's Secret War is an intimate account of Franks coming to know her own father after years of estrangement. Looking back at letters he had written her mother in the early days of WWII, Franks glimpses a loving man full of warmth. But after the grimmest assignments of the war his tone shifts, settling into an all-too-familiar distance. Franks learns about him -- beyond the alcoholism and adultery -- and comes to know the man he once was.
Her story is haunting, and beautifully told, even as the tragedy becomes clear: Franks finally comes to know her father, but only as he is slipping further into his illness. Lucinda Franks understands her father as the disease claims him. My Father's Secret War is a triumph of love over secrets, and a tribute to the power of the connection of family.
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Read information about the authorMy new book, which will be released in August, is called 'Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.' It's an intimate memoir about my husband, Robert Morgenthau, NY's former DA for 35 years, and me; the successes, trials, adventures, both traumatic and hilarious, of our marriage. It also gives inside information about my husband's most famous cases - The Central Park Jogger, Astor Elder Abuse, BCCI, Tyco, Goetz and others. It has gotten some wonderful reviews from prominent writers. It's available on Amazon for pre-ordering.
I am the author of four books: 'My Father's Secret War: A Memoir', 'Wild Apples': a novel, and 'Waiting Out A War: The exile of John Picciano.'
I am also a journalist who was on the staff of The New York Times, and have written for The New Yorker, New York magazine, The Daily Beast and other publications.
I have two children with my husband, five stepchildren, a little puffy white dog, and a couple of cats who come visiting from my daughters' apartment nearby.
My husband, after his retirement as DA, still works - he is at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz law firm - and writes Op Ed pieces on the persecution of immigrants and the desperate need for treatment of soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has gone from being an objective prosecutor to being a passionate crusader. It is great to see him flourish at such an advanced age in his second career.
But Bob is a farmer at heart, and we love to go up to our apple orchards and vegetable farm in the lower Hudson valley, which our son Josh, 30, has made into an organic enterprise. At Fishkill Farms, there are new free range chickens, and at the big farm store, fresh pressed cider and other natural and homemade foods.
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