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My Father's Secret War - A Memoir

Lucinda Franks

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joyce Bean

Length:

12h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:51


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

39:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

42:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

33:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

45:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

39:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

37:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

40:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

35:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:23