Set for release October 15, 2013 The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by bestselling author David Laskin centers on three distinctly different and fascinating branches of Laskin’s own family.
The children of a 19th century Torah scribe and his wife in a Russian yeshivatown are seemingly born to have the same sort of life as their pious and traditional parents but some will take very different paths leading them to positions of power, wealth and political influence as they take part in industrial and geopolitical changes that sweep the twentieth century.
One branch of the family went to America and founded the Maidenform Bra Company while another branch helped pioneer the birth of the state of Israel. The third branch stayed in Europe suffering under Nazi occupation.
This book, which begins in 1875, covers more than a century, and examines major historical events such as the Russian Revolution and World War II from the very personal perspective of people who lived through these times and were in some cases a part of them. This book is about a family and the extraordinary members who chose to follow their own dreams as different in some cases as they may have been from their forebears, facing danger, and uncertainty to make their mark on the world.
Laskin, who is an accomplished journalist, frequently contributing to such publications as the New York Times, has authored a number of books, including the highly acclaimed The Children’s Blizzard.