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The Long Way Home

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The Long Way Home

An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War

By David Laskin

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061233340, 448pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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"The Long Way Home is a riveting remembrance of the Great War by a master writer.... Deeply compelling." -- Douglas Brinkley

"Moving, revealing, and lovingly researched, this book is a must read, and a great read, for any of us whose forebears came from overseas-meaning just about all of us." -- Erik Larson

The author of the award-winning The Children's Blizzard, David Laskin, returns with a remarkable true story of the immigrants who risked their lives fighting for America during the Great War.



Praise For The Long Way Home

“David Laskin’s The Long Way Home is a brilliant blending of social analysis and personal narrative, which recovers the experience of a ‘lost generation’—the immigrant ‘greenhorns’ who became Americans through service on the battlefields of World War I.”
-Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation

“Moving, revealing, and lovingly researched, this book is a must read, and a great read, for any of us whose forebears came from overseas-meaning just about all of us.”
-Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

“A riveting remembrance of the Great War by a master writer. David Laskin, by homing in on the lives of a dozen immigrants to Ellis Island, is able to tell a grand American saga about the true cost of democracy. All around a deeply compelling narrative.”
-Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior

“Laskin’s tracing of young immigrants, figuratively and literally, from Ellis Island to the trenches of World War I France blends moving personal stories, sociology, culture and military history. The result is a marvelous evocation of what it means to become an American and the many paths to that end.”
-Joseph Persico, author of Eleven Month, Eleven Day, Eleventh Hour

“Riveting. . . . With the epic history of the Great War as his backdrop, Laskin has vividly brought these extraordinary, colorful men to life and created, overall, an absolute masterpiece.”
-Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters and Behind the Lines

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