Book: A Tale of Survival - From War Ravaged Europe to the Promise of America by Thomas Kandocategories: Book, Immigrant, America, War, Europe, Refugee, Biography
Thomas Kandoabout this book: This novel is a personalized story of the 20th century, complete with all its horror and all of its promise. The story chronicles how I survived WWII, came to America alone at 18, eventually thriving and earning a Fulbright scholarship. As my life as a professor unfolds, I see my own experience mirrored in the history of the times, with all of its stormy, sometimes murderous, sometimes joyous explosions. Through perseverance and dedication, Tom prospers and grows in a country that has given him the space, the freedom, and the opportunities which enable him to keep his faith and to overcome all the challenges that 20th century history has thrown at him. This is more than the tale of one man's life. It is a personalized story of the 20th century, complete with all of its horror and all of its promise. It is a Horatio Alger narrative based on unadulterated facts. It is the saga of an immigrant to the Promised Land. American sociologist C. Wright Mills said that the central task of social science is to reveal the intersection of biography and history - the individual and social structure. The story which unfolds in these pages is a vivid illustration of this process - how our chaotic, global environment shapes our lives.
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