The Polish Museum of America hosts David Laskin March 26th for new book


During the years of 1914-1918, the devastating conflict of World War I occurred which scarred soldiers, families and millions more.  It turned the United States into a central power and created many changes that still afflict us today. The recent passing of the last living soldier of this war also brings to mind the reality that this conflict still affects many of the children and grandchildren of those who were a part of that war.

As a reminder of what this event meant to our country and those who were a part of it, David Laskin will be signing copies of his new book, "The Long Way Around: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War."  This book highlights the experiences of twelve immigrants of being drafted, undergoing boot camp and being a part of the war. These immigrants, who faced much hardship, were of Irish, Jewish, Polish, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slovak descent .  The book uses diaries, letters, and stories of family members to highlight the immigrant's experiences.

Laskin is also the author of the 2006 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award for Nonfiction winner, "The Children's Blizzard," a story of six families enduring the Midwestern blizzard of 1888.

The book signing will take place on Mar. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish Museum of America, located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave.  There is an admission charge of $5.00.


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