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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; First Edition edition (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881462772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881462777
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

June Hall McCash is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books, six nonfiction works and a historical novel, for which she won the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Award for first novel. She holds a BA from Agnes Scott College, and MA and PhD degrees from Emory University. Before becoming a full-time writer, McCash was founding director of the university honors program and chair of the department of Foreign Languages at Middle Tennessee State University. She divides her time between Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Jekyll Island, Georgia.

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Although the book would be interesting as fiction, it is even more fascinating because it is true.
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My book group read the book and found so many different interesting themes to discuss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
McCash has written an engrossing, deeply researched story of a well-to-do Jewish couple, Isador Straus and Ida Blun Straus, which opens in the mid-1800's and concludes with their deaths on the Titanic.

Straus' father, Lazarus, immigrated to the United States and began life as an itinerate peddler in a small Georgia town. He quickly became successful, then moved his family to Columbus, Georgia following an anti-Semitic incident.

Young Isador spent much of the Civil War time in Europe, not only helping the family business but also selling Confederate bonds. The book's sympathetic focus on the struggle of Southern businesses during the war paints a picture not often described in literature of that time. However, after the war and the destruction of Columbus, the family moved to New York and sunnier business prospects.

Throughout the book, McCash emphasizes the generous, progressive nature of family members. "Lazarus was gone, but none of his children ever forgot the example he set for integrity, diligence, and family harmony. Like him, they valued education, honesty, and hard work."

While the story centers on Isador and, later, Ida, the reader also learns much about Isador's brothers, Nathan and Oscar. Although the family did not consider themselves religious, they generously supported Jewish causes, such as organizations which assisted with the flood of Eastern European Jewish immigrants.

The Straus brothers became partners with the original Macy's owners and, when they later bought the company, became well known for their conscientious treatment of employees. Possibly because of their wealth, they did not often face discrimination or overt anti-Semitism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold P. Kurzman on May 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An extraordinary biography, which has been carefully researched, by an author, co-author or editor of 6 non-fictional works and a historical novel, for which she won the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Award . The book reveals that while successful in business [owner of Macy's], he was also a civic leader in New York City, Congressnman,philanthropist, father and husband. It also focuses on his wife Ida's contributiityons as an intelligent partner and soul of the family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne C. Hurley on March 1, 2013
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This book tells the story of an immigrant family, the members of which fulfilled the American dream of riches and social standing in spite of the prejudice against Jewish people which marred the history of the United States in the early twentieth century. They went from a peddlar's cart to the ownership of Macy's Department Store, probably the biggest store. in the nation. Ida and Isidor Straus were devoted to each other and so much in love that they chose not to be separated even in death on the Titanic.
The fact that the book is carefully documented adds to the authenticity of the story. Although the book would be interesting as fiction, it is even more fascinating because it is true.
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Love this book about the Strauss family. Lots of history about the early years of the family in America and about their involvement in the Jewish Community, family and Macy's Department store. Have enjoyed all of the boooks written by June Hall McCash, both her novels and history. I am acquainted the author, Lovely Lady, acomplished author of a number of books that I have enjoyed reading. I look forward to her next book.
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More About the Author

June Hall McCash, born in Newberry, South Carolina, completed a full academic career before becoming a full-time writer. Her novel, Almost to Eden, won the Georgia Author of the Year award for first novel in 2011. It was followed by a second novel, Plum Orchard, which was the recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for best novel in 2013. She has published a total of eleven books, which include historical fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She makes her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. At Middle Tennessee State University, where she spent most of her academic career, she won awards for teaching, research, and career achievement. She has been a fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council on Education. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Emory University and an undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College.

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