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Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family Paperback – November 12, 2013
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“An endearing, honest and gripping account of an American success story.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A beautiful portrait of growing up Jewish in an urban environment during an era of profound social change.”—Publishers Weekly
“This delightful memoir is a deeply personal tale of one family, but it’s also about much larger things: America and tribal identity, love and rivalry, and the moral lessons to be learned as you grow up.”—Walter Isaacson
“Fascinating . . . a classic tale of an immigrant family.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mighty entertaining.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“A clear-eyed, candid memoir that is unique and yet quintessentially American.”—BookPage
“A fun read.”—The Forward
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel is the son of Benjamin Emanuel and Marsha Emanuel and the brother of Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel. A vice provost and university professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Emanuel also served as the special advisor for health policy to President Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget. He is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Raised in Chicago, he now lives in Washington, D.C, and Philadelphia.
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The love in the family flows through the memoir in tumultuous lifestyles. I felt that the family was in perpetual motion and they all took advantage of their intelligence and support . The book moved as fast as their aspirations, loaded with anecdotes and some new information. Purposely leaving out the sister, Shoshanna, apparenlty is a family decision in all aspects of their lives.
It would have been more complete to know about his parents after the three boys are adults. I also wonder what course his marriage took.
This is such a great read for us baby boomers.
talented and enormously rambunctious boys
in a socially and financially upwardly mobile
Jewish family that seems clueless about instilling
basic manners in their lives together and with
others. The three sons became highly successful,
but one wonders if their own families live in the
mayhem they grew up in. It is sort of "family
member as assault projectile."
It is a sometimes painful recounting
of the oppression the talented mother
experiences with a dominating husband. The
family reminds one of the short stories of Tolstoy
and the peasant manners he recounts. The
parents, any more than the boys, do not seem to
understand the need for basic civility and boundaries.
While the family seem to manage in this situation,
it is often painful for friends and those they hope to
marry. While interesting to read about and written
in a very lively style, I would not have wanted to be
included in these people's lives. It would have been
Interesting too is the writer's explanation of "secular
Jews" whose tie is to "the clan," but do not believe
in God, the chooser of the "Chosen People."
Much emphasis on the childhood, not so much on their
I would have liked viewpoints from all three brothers much better.
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Ezekiel is a doctor, university professor, Rahm was mayor of Chicago and a former White House chief of staff.Read more