From the Introduction

The arc of history can be breathtaking. When my maternal grandfather, Joseph Kuzma, was born in 1883, many men who fought at the battle of Waterloo were still alive; women were alive who could recall attending George Washington's funeral. The grandchildren Joseph Kuzma doted upon, alive in the twenty-first century, use palm-sized computers that transmit data, sounds, and film images around the world in nanoseconds, and they regard as commonplace such things as MRIs, robotic surgery, and space travel. One lifetime can touch eras that are truly worlds apart. Many of the immigrants who came to America in the 1800s and 1900s touched a span of three centuries in a single lifetime. Breathtaking, indeed.


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