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
A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised
six children in a yeshiva town 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
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.
Download and start listening now!