The family : three journeys into the heart of the twentieth century /

Traces the history of the 20th century through the story of an extraordinary Jewish family, recounting how the author's 19th-century ancestors were separated by period upheavals in western Russia and went on to become the founders of the Maidenform Bra Company, pioneers in the contentious birth...

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Author / Creator: Laskin, David, 1953-
Format: Book
Language:English
Imprint: New York : Viking, 2013.
Series:Beren Family Jewish Studies Library Fund (Wellesley College)
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Local Note:Gift of the Beren Family Jewish Studies Library Fund.
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Summary:Traces the history of the 20th century through the story of an extraordinary Jewish family, recounting how the author's 19th-century ancestors were separated by period upheavals in western Russia and went on to become the founders of the Maidenform Bra Company, pioneers in the contentious birth of Israel, and victims of the Holocaust.
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 <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
Physical Description:xi, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-371) and index.
ISBN:067002547X
9780670025473
Author Notes:David Laskin is the author of The Children's Blizzard , which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post . He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.