- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: RosettaBooks; Not for Online ed. edition (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781948122016
- ISBN-13: 978-1948122016
- ASIN: 1948122014
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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"These words, in various forms, come from Jews who escaped the Holocaust and the Soviet Union, from those fleeing poverty and hopelessness on just about every continent as well as religious and/or political persecution. More than 70 voices combine to create a powerful chorus singing a hymn of hope and gratitude.” — Kirkus Review
"It’s no secret that immigration has been a major reason behind America’s 242 (and counting) years of success. The stories that Andrew and Mary share illustrate the positive and powerful impact that immigration has had in weaving the fabric of America. ‘Journeys’ is inspiring — I encourage you to read.” — Warren Buffett
"When I went to Ellis Island, and saw the steamer tickets of my Greek grandparents who arrived here as refugees in the 1920s, I wept. This is a nation built on immigration, and we are far richer in understanding this through the brilliant work in Journeys. Reading it is a timeless journey through the American Dream itself, in all its power and glory." — James Stavridis, PhD Admiral, US Navy (Retired) Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, 2009-2013 Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University
“The story of America’s immigrants is America’s story. What distinguishes us from so many other nations is that most us know the stories of our ancestors who came to this country in search of a better life. “Journeys” tell these stories eloquently, movingly, and personally.” —Lawrence S. Bacow, President Elect, Harvard University
“Mary Skafidas and Andrew Tisch do an amazing job illuminating these personal stories of immigration. I laughed, shed tears, and marveled at humanity with each story. As an immigrant from Zambia, it is wonderful to feel such kinship with this group of incredible people and share in the celebration of our adopted country.”
—Angela Kaya Mwanza, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS
“This highly readable collection of personal essays conveys the dreams and strengths of the immigrants who have come from around the world. It is a timely reminder of the essential role of immigrants in our national success story, including science, the arts, and economic well-being. And you’ll likely find a reflection of your own family’s experience between these covers.” —Abby Joseph Cohen, Senior Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs
“What makes America great? Journeys: An American Story reminds us that we are a nation of immigrants, whose dreams, talent, and hard work are at the core of our success. Thanks to Andrew Tisch and Mary Skafidas for this wonderful book, which reminds us not only where we came from—but where, at our best, we can go from here.” —Joanne Lipman, Journalist and author of That's What She Said
"Immigration is the lifeblood of America. Immigrants have been and continue to be a driving force for innovation and economic growth, while enriching and reinforcing America's culture. "Journeys" shares the stories that truly capture the American dream. I encourage everyone to read it to better understand the human spirit and the power of the American experiment.” — Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker
"Through Journeys: An American Story, what emerges with all its unique imagery is the inspiration that we can all make our way in this world, often beyond our wildest dreams." — Tovah Feldshuh, American actress, singer and playwright
About the Author
Andrew Tisch is co-chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Loews Corporation. Andrew’s great-grandfather emigrated to America in 1904. Mary Skafidas is the head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Loews Corporation. Mary’s parents emigrated to America in 1970.
The two have been writing together for the last five years on a variety of topics including immigration, education as the great equalizer, the importance of bipartisanship and fiscal responsibility in government, and other topics of the times.
In 2016, Andrew was asked to speak at a swearing-in ceremony for one hundred new immigrants held at the New-York Historical Society. In researching his own family’s journey to the United States, it hit him that almost everyone has a story to share. He and Mary decided to solicit stories from friends, associates, and others to remind us that, aside from the indigenous people of North America, we are all immigrants.
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The stories are grouped into categories:
The Changers, including Marlo Thomas, Gabrielle Giffords, Cory Booker, and Linda Hills the great-granddaughter of Andrew Carnegie.
The Lovers, including Alan Alda, Deborah Norville, and US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
The Originals with an essay by Ray Halbritter representing the Oneida Indian Nation.
The Rescuers, including Marine Corps officer Zach Iscol and retired police officer Matt Tomasic.
The Seekers, including Dr Mehmet Oz, Rhodes Scholar Ahmed Ahmed, Governor of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo, and US Senator Barbara Boxer.
The Strivers, including Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, Professor Joseph Bower of Harvard Business School, US Senator Tim Scott, and Hemings family descendant Ben Freeman..
The Survivors, including oncology nurse Nataliya Denchenko, Prof. Jorge Dominguez of Harvard, KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky, and Florida congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
The Trailblazers, including Tony Bennett, Nancy Pelosi, author Lisa Birnbach, first Mainland China trustee of an Ivy League university Prof. Mao Ye, and investment banker and financial historian Eugene Dattel.
The Undocumented, including Dr. Richard Uscher Levine, Harvard student Erick Meza, and garment worker Helen Polychronopoulos.
The Institutions, including the American Ballet Theater, Monticello, and UJA/Catholic Charities.
The authors contend that the image of the American 'melting pot' should be replaced by the concept of a mosaic, "tiles of different colors and shapes indistinguishable from afar but quite distinctive the closer you get. A mosaic is only as good as its grout...used to bind and fit between the distinct stones...and hold it in place."
40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, including AT&T, Procter & Gamble, US Steel, DuPont, Craft, International Paper, Nordstrom, and more recently Goggle, eBay, GE, IBM, McDonald's, and Apple.
The stories are inspirational and uplifting, and will make readers consider their own immigrant roots and the social, political, and economic factors that inspired them to leave their homeland.
All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the New-York Historical Society and the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation.
People are invited to share their family journey at www.journeysamericanstory.com
I found this book interesting on several levels: as a composite of American experience, a political statement, and, as a family genealogy researcher, as family history.
My own immigrant family history includes stories of fleeing persecution, seeking religious freedom, and hoping for a better life.
What is your family journey?
I received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.