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A Tale Of Survival

Thomas Kando

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ISBN 10: 0615219322 / ISBN 13: 9780615219325
Published by European American Publishing, 2008
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Title: A Tale Of Survival

Publisher: European American Publishing

Publication Date: 2008

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st.

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This novel is more than a tale of one man's life. It's a personalized story of the 20th century, complete with all its horror and all of its promise. Tom Sanders is born at the epicenter of the world's greatest war. In Hungary, his family survives the Holocaust, the Nazi and Soviet occupations, the bombs, the genocide, and starvation. They escape to Paris, living in abject poverty as stateless refugees. The boy roams the streets, subways and slums, encountering violence and dangerous people. At eighteen, he earns the $50 fare for a one-way ticket from Rotterdam to New York, and ten days later he arrives in New York City, not knowing a single soul in the New World. Surviving life-threatening situations and homeless, he focuses his drive to receive a Fulbright scholarship and admission to one of the country's finest universities. Soon he learns what the American way of life is all about, including the generosity and courage of the American people, the sports, the parties, the hard work, and the competitive spirit. For the first time in his life, he becomes a citizen - a citizen in the most powerful country in the world. After decades of refugee status and harassment, he becomes an American. For the first time, he belongs somewhere. As his life as a professor unfolds, Sanders sees his own experience mirrored in the history of the times, with all of its stormy, sometimes murderous, sometimes joyous explosions. While solidly settled in America, he remains a true citizen of the world. Returning to Europe frequently, friends and family tell him that America is losing its way. Concerned as well, he still can never forget what America has given him. Through perseverance and dedication, Tom prospers and grows in a country that has given him the space, the freedom, and the opportunities which enable him to keep his faith and to overcome all the challenges that 20th century history has thrown at him.

About the Author:

Tom Kando was born in Budapest during World War II. He escaped fascism, communism, and the Holocaust. He grew up in the slums of Paris in the 50s and in Amsterdam's Counterculture of the 60s. He sailed to America at 18 alone, received his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and he has been a professor since then. Tom has written a dozen books, including Social Interaction, Times/Mosby, 1977, Sexual Behavior and Family Life, Elsevier, 1978, Leisure and Popular Culture, Times/Mosby, 1980, Readings in Criminology, Kendall-Hunt, 1995, Sex Change, Charles Thomas 1973, Searching for Christine, European American Publishing, 2009, I Spent My Life Politically Incorrect Sociology, European American Publishing, 2009, and many articles in professional, local, and national venues, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Examiner, the Sacramento Bee, Human Events and elsewhere. He also published his own newspaper.

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