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Laskin, David 1953-

Overview
Works: 26 works in 106 publications in 2 languages and 8,731 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Pictorial works  Study guides 
Roles: Author
Classifications: F595, 977.031
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Most widely held works by David Laskin
The children's blizzard by David Laskin( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier. January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota, the weather so mild that children walked to school without coats and gloves. But that afternoon, without warning, the atmosphere suddenly, violently changed. One moment the air was calm; the next the sky exploded in a raging chaos of horizontal snow and hurricane-force winds. Temperatures plunged as an unprecedented cold front ripped through the center of the continent. By Friday morning, January 13, some five hundred people lay dead on the drifted prairie, many of them children who had perished on their way home from country schools. In a few terrifying hours, the hopes of the pioneers had been blasted by the bitter realities of their harsh environment. Recent immigrants from Germany, Norway, Denmark, and the Ukraine learned that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled. With the storm as its dramatic, heartbreaking focal point, The Children's Blizzard captures this pivotal moment in American history by tracing the stories of five families who were forever changed that day. Drawing on family interviews and memoirs, as well as hundreds of contemporary accounts, David Laskin creates an intimate picture of the men, women, and children who made choices they would regret as long as they lived. Here too is a meticulous account of the evolution of the storm and the vain struggle of government forecasters to track its progress. The blizzard of January 12, 1888, is still remembered on the prairie. Children fled that day while their teachers screamed into the relentless roar. Husbands staggered into the blinding wind in search of wives. Fathers collapsed while trying to drag their children to safety. In telling the story of this meteorological catastrophe, the deadliest blizzard ever to hit the prairie states, David Laskin has produced a masterful portrait of a tragic crucible in the settlement of the American heartland
Braving the elements : the stormy history of American weather by David Laskin( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nowhere in the world is weather as volatile and powerful as it is in North America. Scorching heat in the Southwest, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast, tornadoes in the Plains, blizzards in the mountains: Every area of the country has vastly different weather, and vastly different cultures as a result. Braving the Elements is David Laskin's delightful and fascinating history of how our unique weather has shaped a nation, and how we've tried to cope with it over centuries. Since before Columbus, the peoples of America have struggled to make sense of the capricious and violent nature of America's weather. Anasazi Indians used the rain dance (and sometimes human sacrifice) to induce rain, while the Puritans in New England blamed the sins of the community for lightening strikes and Nor'easters. IN modern times we carry on those traditions by blaming the weatherman for ruined weekends. Despite hi-tech satellites and powerful computers and 24-hour-a-day forecasting from The Weather Channel, we're still at the mercy of the whims of Mother Nature
The long way home : an American journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Narrative account of how twelve immigrant soldiers became Americans through fighting in World War I"--Provided by publisher
A common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influence by David Laskin( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this splendid group portrait, David Laskin tells the stories of four friendships that helped to define the course of American literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, Henry James and Edith Wharton, Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Written with uncommon grace and insight, A Common Life is a fascinating narrative of the entanglements of art and life, and an illuminating study of the nature of friendship itself. In each of these pairings, the two writers met at a critical turning point in their lives and careers, and the friendship profoundly affected the course of both. The friendships came as great shafts of light, throwing open new possibilities and relieving the numbing isolation of American literary life. The "shock of recognition" that passed between Melville and Hawthorne when they met in the Berkshires in 1850 changed the course of Melville's masterpiece, Moby-Dick. Edith Wharton was nearly forty, rich, and unhappily married when she met the sixty-year-old Henry James in London in 1903. His thunderous advice to "Do New York!" steered her toward her first triumph with The House of Mirth. Each friendship sprang from shared literary and personal admiration. But in time, each showed the strains of rivalry, resentment, anger, disappointment, and nasty gossip - hazards perhaps inherent in intimate relationships between writers. Welty became furious when the publication of her first book had to be postponed because the notoriously unreliable Porter had failed to finish her introduction to the book on time. Bishop and Lowell teetered for years on the brink of a love affair, and Bishop felt all the more betrayed when Lowell took a passage from her most anguished letter to him and "versed" it word for word into one of his poems. Love and loathing, reverence and revenge played their roles in all four of these intense relationships. - Publisher
Partisans : marriage, politics, and betrayal among the New York intellectuals by David Laskin( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Depression era of the 1930s through the Vietnam War of the 1960s, a generation of "public intellectuals" thrived in America. They were poets, novelists, critics, and commentators who were also friends, rivals, spouses, and lovers. Their personal relationships were as passionate as their writing. In their poems, novels, and essays they debated one another while producing work that was brilliant and often controversial. Among them are such influential writers as Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Hannah Arendt." "While the pages of Partisan Review were a forum for political and intellectual controversy, its offices were a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, back-stabbing, and sex. Possessed of enormous ambition, talent, and appetite, the PR circle was an intense, self-enclosed society where creative energy often gave way to self-destructive impulses, alcoholism, and adultery. For women of talent, beauty, and ambition, this literary circle offered unprecedented professional opportunity but also exacted a terrible emotional price." "Amidst all the turmoil - or perhaps because of it - this brilliant circle continued to produce important work, from McCarthy's scandalous novel The Group to Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, which caused a firestorm of controversy." "Written with keen insight into both the literature and the personalities behind it, Partisans is an illuminating portrait of a time when politics and poetry were all-consuming passions."--Jacket
Getting into advertising by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eastern islands : accessible islands of the East Coast by David Laskin( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artists in their gardens by Valerie Easton( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The little girl book : everything you need to know to raise a daughter today by David Laskin( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reading group book : the complete guide to starting and sustaining a reading group, with annotated lists of 250 titles for provocative discussion by David Laskin( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete guide to starting and sustaining a reading group, with annotated lists of 250 titles for provocative discussion
Herman Melville's Billy Budd & Typee by David Laskin( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to reading "Billy Budd" and "Typee" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list
The long way home : [an American journey from Ellis Island to the Great War] by David Laskin( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of The Children's Blizzard comes this true story of twelve young immigrants who fought for their adoptive country in the First World War
Parents book for new fathers by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rains all the time : a connoisseur's history of weather in the Pacific Northwest by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parents book of child safety by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The children's blizzard by David Laskin( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From David Laskin comes the gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier
Esquire wine and liquor handbook by David Laskin( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Petites filles : tout ce que vous devez savoir pour élever une fille aujourd'hui by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The family : three journeys into the heart of the twentieth century by David Laskin( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise
The Long Way Home. ; An Immigrant Generation and the Crucible of War by David Laskin( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Narrative account of how twelve immigrant soldiers became Americans through fighting in World War I"--Provided by publisher
 
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The children's blizzard
Alternative Names
David Laskin Historian, reporter

Languages
English (99)

French (2)

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Braving the elements : the stormy history of American weatherThe long way home : an American journey from Ellis Island to the Great WarA common life : four generations of American literary friendship and influencePartisans : marriage, politics, and betrayal among the New York intellectualsArtists in their gardensThe little girl book : everything you need to know to raise a daughter todayThe reading group book : the complete guide to starting and sustaining a reading group, with annotated lists of 250 titles for provocative discussionThe long way home : [an American journey from Ellis Island to the Great War]