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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 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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • The Family is as rich and poignant as any novel, only all true and impeccably researched.”

    Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of In the Garden of the Beasts

  • “A true triumph of historical storytelling.”

    Ivan Doig, New York Times bestselling author of The Bartender’s Tale

  • “An extraordinary achievement.”

    Stephen Greenblatt, New York Times bestselling author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

  • “Laskin takes us on an epic journey deep into the heart and soul of the twentieth century.”

    Daniel James Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat

  • “Deeply emotional at times, The Family is both harrowing and uplifting.”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite.

  • “A big, unyielding, often rollicking, and humorous history of one generation’s prevailing love for the next. A wonderful achievement.”

    Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Failure

  • “A gripping epic narrative, beginning in 1875 and spanning over a century.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An ambitious, experimental look at exodus, acclimatization and culture with a cast as diverse as any family photo album…Were this fiction, it would read much like the novels of Leon Uris and other spinners of historical sagas.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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