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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Laskin Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400184507
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The United States has always been a nation of immigrants-never more so than in 1917 when the nation entered the First World War. Of the 2.5 million soldiers who fought with U.S. armed forces in the trenches of France and Belgium, some half a million-nearly one out of every five men-were immigrants. In The Long Way Home, David Laskin, author of the prizewinning history The Children's Blizzard, tells the stories of twelve of these immigrant heroes. Starting with their childhoods in Europe, Laskin unfolds the saga of their journeys to Ellis Island, their struggles to start over in the land of opportunity, and the ordeal of their return to Europe in uniform to fight-and win-a war that had already killed tens of millions. Three of these soldiers died on the battlefield; two won the Congressional Medal of Honor; all were transformed forever by their experiences in combat. It is a transformation that continues to be felt in the pride and pain and cherished memories of immigrant families that have long since assimilated. In tracing the lives of these twelve men, Laskin tells the story of an immigrant generation-a generation that streamed into this country in unprecedented numbers around the turn of the last century, that sweated to support their families through back-breaking physical labor, and that fought loyally for their adopted country on the battlefields of Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne forest. Based on stories, letters, and diaries passed on by descendants-as well as Laskin's personal interviews with two foreign-born Doughboys who were still alive at the time he was researching the book, The Long Way Home is a reverent work of history and a deeply moving evocation of the dreams and sacrifice at the heart of the American experience. Download and start listening now!

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  • [A] quietly absorbing glimpse of some of the brave soldiers who helped win WWI. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/8/2014

    " Fantastic look at recent immigrants (some barely spoke English) who went back to Europe as US soldiers to fight in WWI. It also made me curious to read more about WWI in general. This book recently won a Washington (State) Book Award, and it definitely deserves it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Magee | 10/30/2013

    " I liked following the different immigrants through their journeys from Europe and then their experiences in WW1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy Hudziak | 4/24/2013

    " I've read many books about WWI and this is one of my favorites. Great new aspect presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 6/2/2012

    " excellent read about the tribulations of the emigrant soldiers and howthey became American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/26/2011

    " History of early 20th century and WWI told through the lives of a dozen men who were born in Europe, immigrated to America, and then returned to Europe as soldiers. Very interesting, an enjoyable way to learn history. Also the experience of my great-grandfather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen King | 5/24/2011

    " Interesting to read that the views of immigrants today isn't all that different than they were prior to WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge Shaffer | 2/7/2011

    " While I listened to most of this book, I did read the last two chapters. I really enjoyed not only learning about this time period, but also learning about these men and their families. I only wish that we could learn from this 'war to end all wars.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Hyde | 2/3/2011

    " Loved his book The Children's Blizard' so I had to read this one as an immigrants daughter. Full of rich details that brought me closer to the millions that migrated and fought for the US before citizenship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk | 12/31/2010

    " excellent read about the tribulations of the emigrant soldiers and howthey became American. "

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About the Author

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, he writes for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.