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Born in York, England, in 1966, Kershaw attended University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He taught history at Whitgift school for two years before working as a journalist for several British newspapers, including The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times.
His journalism has appeared in many leading newspapers and magazines around the world. He has also worked as a writer and producer in television, penning an award-winning documentary on Bobby Kennedy. Several of his books have been optioned by Hollywood, including The Few which was selected as the Military Book Club's first-ever book of the year in 2006. He has been cited as a "master storyteller" by Booklist for his work on The Few. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Kershaw appeared in the "Battle Of The Bulge" episode of When Weather Changed History.
His most recent book is The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau.
- The Bedford Boys, Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press, 2003. ISBN 0-306-81167-7 OCLC 52133420
- Jack London: A Life
- Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006. ISBN 0-306-81356-4 OCLC 56133834
- The Longest Winter - The Battle of the Bulge and the Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon, Da Capo Press, 2004 ISBN 0-306-81304-1 OCLC 57045202
- The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006. ISBN 0-306-81303-3 OCLC 74284748
- Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew, Perseus Books, 2008. ISBN 0-306-81519-2 OCLC 176894607
- The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe, Da Capo Press, 2010. ISBN 0-306-82043-9 OCLC 656544874 Published in the UK as To Save a People, by Hutchinson
- The Liberator, Crown Broadway, October 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-88799-3 OCLC 793503440
- "Alex Kershaw: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "Duncan Jones To Direct Escape From The Deep". BowieNet, 1 June 2009.[dead link]
- "Alex Kershaw". Alex Kershaw. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- Kershaw's website
- book tv interview
- Interview on The Longest Winter at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on February 9, 2005
- Interview on The Few at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on November 14, 2006
- Interview on Escape from the Deep at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on May 15, 2008
- Lecture on The Liberators at the Pritzker Military Library on March 20, 2014
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