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David Laskin writes for the New York Times and the Washington Post. His book The Children’s Blizzard won awards for non-fiction writing.

His new book is The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century.

David Laskin traces his family back 150 years to the Russian Empire. A Torah scribe and his wife had 6 children who went on to become the three branches of Laskin’s family. One branch stayed in Europe and was wiped out by the Nazis in WWII, one branch emigrated to Palestine to help found the state of Israel, and the third branch emigrated to America where one enterprising member of the family founded the Maidenform Bra Company.

Laskin tells the history through the stories of his family:


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