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BRANKO: In Praise of a Good Man's Journey Through Life's Adventure by [Tower, Stuart]
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Branko is back from the pages of Stuart Tower’s historical epic, The Wayfarers. This is the riveting, behind-the-headlines story of a history you’ll not believe was forgotten. And it is the adventurous life of an iconic character you’ll swear is real!

Witnessing the brutal massacre that takes his family, six-year old Branko Horvitch survives and goes on to a childhood fraught with abusive relatives and unspeakable Tsarist orphanages.

But the story of Branko Horvitch is not one of despair and destruction; it is a celebration of unyielding determination in the face of near-overwhelming challenges. From a tragic beginning to the heights of American political power, this is a taste of a bitter-sweet, but never bland life. His is a world beset by disastrous global wars, changing societies, economic depressions and iconic figures from the pages of history. Surrounded by pathos and chaos, his pursuits in life bring with them unexpected romance and humor.

Spanning the globe, it is a story grounded in the reality of extensive research and offers insights into history not usually reported. But above and beyond this, the saga of Branko is a gripping portrayal of a truly altruistic advocate in his finest hours, thriving in the shadow of the very future he helps to shape.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1396 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Publisher: The Lighthouse Press, LLC (7 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Story of A Remarkable Man in Challenging Times 14 March 2014
By Happystrap - Published on
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Stuart Tower's Branko is a compelling novel which seamlessly blends fictional characters with historical realities, spanning some of the most significant events in both Europe and the United States from pre-war WWI through WWII. In the words of one character, the protagonist Branko is not just a real person; he is also "a veritable one-man show of substantive history." Branko's life unfolds during this period -- when the United States changed from a relatively isolationist nation, to the beginnings of its shift into its position as an international power. And Branko himself plays meaningful roles in key moments of that period - especially after he comes to the United States. The author has daringly - and convincingly - portrayed encounters - and relationships - between Branko and Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, FDR, Harry Truman and Joseph Kennedy, among others. Because of the author's extraordinary research - as well as his writing skills - the reader gets a real sense of the personalities and character of these individuals who figure so prominently in modern U.S. history. Of course, the novel provides a strong sense of Branko's personal life, including - naturally - its romantic side. But for me the most compelling elements were those relating to the military and political history of the times of his life. Branko was a fascinating and exciting portrayal of a man and his times. It is indeed the tale of "a Good man's Journey Through Life's Adventure," and once I began reading I found it hard to put down.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 21 March 2014
By Howard H. Kaufman - Published on
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This book tells a wonderful story and reveals a wide history of America and Jewish Americans. It is an inspiring story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for Branko 12 December 2013
By Richard J. - Published on
I loved Branko! He is a man who makes a difference wherever he goes. We follow him through many major events in history from 1881 until 1948. One travels across Europe with him until Branko eventually emigrates to America leading the Fusgeyers across Europe. Beginning with his early life escaping the Russian massacre of his family, we recognize that he is a survivor. He is always reminding himself that there are "things to do, places to see, and experiences to feel". Branko is a very likeable, ambitious, and noble character, one we would all like to know personally. This book is not one to be skimmed over; it requires concentration and dedication to travel with Branko throughout his adventurous life. However, the task is a pleasant one because it gives us insight into a multitude of historical events and the personalities involved. Bravo for Branko!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best I read in a long time. 22 April 2014
By Solange Bertet - Published on
I was reading the book and enjoyed the main character so much that I did not want to finish the book. I felt such a close kinship with Branko. I loved all his military exploits, his successful career and his adroit friendships with all those high powered personalities he encountered that I was in awe with this man. I wanted more and more for Branko. Stuart Tower is a true architect as he guides us so precisely and intelligently that one ends up learning about the Eastern European countries where he traveled to make a living all the way through his entry into the United States. Branko became for me a real character, one that I continue to admire. This is a great story of an immigrant who contributed so much to America and for all those like him. Reading this book permits a lay person to become familiar with where a military career can take you to and be able to achieve so much notoriety. It was an enriching and mesmerizing book as he struggles with his personal life, the love for his aunt and family and all their accomplishments. Reading about the different presidents and the love they all had for this true hero was magnificently written. The way the book ends makes it all worthwhile as he finishes his life in the most respectful way. All that he believed in and struggled for was well worth his sacrifices. I do not stop recommending the book to all those I come across. Bravo Stuart Tower, I applaud you.
Solange Bertet
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5.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read 15 February 2014
By Michal Kusnetz - Published on
I finished reading Stuar Tower's new book Branko at 1:30 AM last night and it is a damn good read! Obviously there was a prodigious amount of research that Tower put into this book and it is chock full of historical detail to support this historical novel and to satisfy those who appreciate such things. The novel follows Branko, a character from his first book, "The Wayfarers" through the adventures of an extraordinary life and skips back and forth in different time frames - very effective, compelling and full of surprise twists. The opening "scene" is powerful and gripping as is the ending.