Journeys by Andrew Tisch
An American Story

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Other notable contributors include Nancy Pelosi, Gabrielle Giffords, and Wes Moore. More than 70 voices combine to create a powerful chorus singing a hymn of hope and gratitude.


Every family has a story of how they arrived in America, whether it was a few months, years, decades, or centuries ago. Journeys: An American Story celebrates the vastness and variety of immigration tales in America, featuring seventy-two essays about the different ways we got here. This is a collection of family lore, some that has been passed down through generations, and some that is being created right now.

Journeys captures the quintessential idea of the American dream. The individuals in this book are only a part of the brilliant mosaic of people who came to this country and made it what it is today. Read about the governor’s grandfathers who dug ditches and cleaned sewers, laying the groundwork for a budding nation; how a future cabinet secretary crossed the ocean at age eleven on a cargo ship; about a young boy who fled violence in Budapest to become one of the most celebrated American football players; the girl who escaped persecution to become the first Vietnamese American woman ever elected to the US congress; or the limo driver whose family took a seventy-year detour before finally arriving at their original destination, along with many other fascinating tales of extraordinary and everyday Americans.

In association with the New-York Historical Society, Andrew Tisch and Mary Skafidas have reached out to a variety of notable figures to contribute an enlightening and unique account of their family’s immigration story. All profits will be donated to the New-York Historical Society and the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation. 

Featuring Essays by:
Alan Alda
Arlene Alda
Tony Bennett
Cory Booker
Michael Bloomberg
Barbara Boxer
Elaine Chao
Andrew Cuomo
Ray Halbritter
Jon Huntsman
Wes Moore
Stephanie Murphy
Deborah Norville
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Nancy Pelosi
Gina Raimondo
Tim Scott
Jane Swift
Marlo Thomas
And many more!

About Andrew Tisch

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Andrew Tisch is co-chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee of Loews Corporation. Andrew’s great-grandfather emigrated to America in 1904. Mary Skafidas is the head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Loews Corporation. Mary’s parents emigrated to America in 1970. The two have been writing together for the last five years on a variety of topics including immigration, education as the great equalizer, the importance of bipartisanship and fiscal responsibility in government, and other topics of the times. In 2016, Andrew was asked to speak at a swearing-in ceremony for one hundred new immigrants held at the New-York Historical Society. In researching his own family’s journey to the United States, it hit him that almost everyone has a story to share. He and Mary decided to solicit stories from friends, associates, and others to remind us that, aside from the indigenous people of North America, we are all immigrants.
Published July 3, 2018 by RosettaBooks. 360 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Other notable contributors include Nancy Pelosi, Gabrielle Giffords, and Wes Moore. More than 70 voices combine to create a powerful chorus singing a hymn of hope and gratitude.

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