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American Mosaic: The Immigrant Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It
This extraordinary work of oral history captures the immense drama and full dimensions of the American immigrant experience. The men and women who tell their stories include such famous names as Alistair Cooke, W. Michael Blumenthal, Edward Teller, and Lynn Redgrave. But they share these pages with 136 other people whose stories are equally compelling: a Jewish former sw ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 7th 1993 by University of Pittsburgh Press
(first published 1980)
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What a great book - filled with stories of people from all walks of life recounting why, when, and how they came to America. Many left behind rich lives that could not be duplicated - some went on to create new dynamic lives in the states. Many escaped harrowing situations or by the luck of the draw lived while others died. This book left me with a deep appreciation for a life force driving one to flourish against the odds and respect for any and all who leave their country in hope of a better l ...more
Absolutely fascinating - a mosaic of pieces of individuals lives. As the other reviewers have hinted at, there are some upsetting accounts, but also plenty of intriguing and surprising stories, on everything from a young girl attending Hitler Youth meetings while her brother refused, to the experience of an Irish man arriving in Pittsburgh in the Depression.