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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucinda Franks Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is one of the most original memoirs of our time-an unsparing double portrait of an elusive and mysterious man and the daughter determined to learn the fullest truth about his life. Richly documented by the author’s research into US military intelligence records and her father’s private correspondence, My Father’s Secret War moves with the dramatic and moral urgency of a Graham Greene novel.”

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • “Lucinda Franks’ personal quest to learn more about ‘her father’s secret war’ is a moving suspense story, brilliantly written and suffused with sensitivity and yearning.”

    Elie Wiesel

  • "My Father’s Secret War combines the heart-stopping suspense of a great thriller and the heart-melting pathos of a great family saga. It is an entirely new chapter in the complex history of fathers and daughters-and America.”

    Mary Gordon, New York Times bestselling author of Final Payments

  • "My Father’s Secret War tells the story of a devoted daughter’s search to understand a father broken and drained by the Second World War—a father who at the same time attracts, repels, and obsesses her. Lucinda Franks’ memoir is a fascinating combination of sensitivity, suspense, and mystery told against the Nazi nightmare.”

    Arthur Schlesinger Jr., historian

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebekah | 2/14/2014

    " Complicated story about WWII and Franks's relationship with her dad. Engrossing and fascinating. Call your dad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Evelyn Porter | 2/10/2014

    " The book is the author's discovery of who her father really was. At times, it was rather slow moving. There were portions where I felt she forgot that she was a daughter and acted more like a hardheaded journalist by endlessly badgering her elderly father about his classified military missions during WWII. The ending when the author spends time with her father's mistress (and actually LISTENS to what the woman has to say), after Mr. Franks' passing, was very touching and brought tears. In many ways it sounded as if she were describing my father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting book. I enjoyed learning about WW II from a different perspective. It was a good good, not only well written, but the author, his daughter, is so very descriptive as she writes. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 1/13/2014

    " This author is the first woman to win a Pulitzer...I wasn't so impressed by her writing style but her storytelling is great and it helps that she had a great story to tell. It's all about secret spies in WW2. "

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About the Author

Lucinda Franks is the author of My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir, Wild Apples: A Novel, and Waiting Out a War: The Exile of John Picciano. She is also a journalist who was on the staff of the New York Times, and has written for the New Yorker, New York magazine, the Daily Beast and other publications. She has two children, five stepchildren, a little puffy white dog, and a couple of cats who come visiting.