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The Family - Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

David Laskin

The author of the The Children's Blizzard delivers an epic work of twentieth century history through the riveting story of one extraordinary Jewish family With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise. The torrent of history took the scribe's family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful 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. In tracing the roots of this family-his own family-Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

The author of the The Children's Blizzard delivers an epic work of twentieth century history through the riveting story of one extraordinary Jewish family With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise. The torrent of history took the scribe's family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful 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. In tracing the roots of this family-his own family-Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.
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The author of the The Children's Blizzard delivers an epic work of twentieth century history through the riveting story of one extraordinary Jewish family With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise. The torrent of history took the scribe's family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful 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. In tracing the roots of this family-his own family-Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Geoffrey Cantor

Length:

13h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:47


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

39:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

39:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

46:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

49:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

44:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:05:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

45:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

32:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

39:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:46