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The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

 
 
Author
David Laskin.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.35 x 5.5 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780143125891
Pages/Publication Date 383/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54281
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The author of the The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home here delivers a riveting epic of 20th-century history. In tracing the roots of his extraordinary family, David Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors—revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children at the western fringe of the Russian empire, but their family ended up on three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

"A metaphor of sorts for the 20th century, one in which incredible good fortune was granted to some and incomprehensible agony to others.... No matter how many times the tale is told, it demands to be read."—Washington Post

"I read The Family without stopping, except sometimes to weep (and occasionally to chuckle). Through the stories of members of David Laskin's large, dispersing family, history sharpens into individual lives and deaths and losses and becomes personal and vivid and tragic."—Edith Pearlman

 
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