For years, people have been asking Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel clan, the same question: What did your mom put in the cereal? Middle brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, erstwhile White House chief of staff, and one of the most colorful figures in American politics. Youngest brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent, the real-life model for the character of Ari Gold on the hit series Entourage. And Zeke himself, whom the other brothers consider to be the smartest of them all, is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists, and a former special advisor for health policy in the Obama administration. How did one family of modest means produce three such high-achieving kids? Here, for the first time, Zke provides the answer.
Set amid the tumult of Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s, Brothers Emanuel recounts the intertwined histories of these three rambunctious, hypercompetitive Jewish American boys, each with his own unique and compelling life story. But ultimately, this is the story of the entire Emanuel family: the tough, colorful Old World grandparents; a mischievous, loving father who immigrated to the United States with twenty-five dollars and who enthralled his boys with tales of his adventures in Israel’s war for independence; and a proud, politically engaged mother who took the boys with her to rallies and protests - including a civil rights march through the streets of Chicago led by Martin Luther King himself.
Even as the Emanuels distinguished themselves as individuals, the bond of brotherhood that tied them together was never broken. Brothers Emanuel is a wry, rollicking, and often poignant narrative of how one American family succeeded in raising three extraordinary children.
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I Love You, You Schmuck
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Why would a reader want to change someone's life's story? It is what it is. He chose to focus on the positive aspects of his family's journey and there were really no "warts" (painful events, divorce, disagreements) but then again all of the major characters are still alive and why would a loving family member want to do that. He knew the story he wanted to tell and acquitted himself well. I liked it very much,
His voice isn't the easiest one to listen to, but I did love the inflection and his natural pronunciation of English, Yiddish and Hebrew.
I could have, but it was easy to pick up when I left off . . .
This is the story of an immigrant family whose story turns out to have some high profile characters, but more than that it is a family's story with emphasis on brothers, parents, grandparents and struggling to move up in their adopted homeland. I thought that it was very enjoyable and seemed genuine to me.
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