Monday, June 21, 2010

Book Review - The Last Leaf by Stuart Lutz


 
 
The Last Leaf
(Voices of History's Last-Known Survivors)
by Stuart Lutz

Stuart Lutz’s The Last Leaf is a poignant collection of thirty-nine actual last interviews with survivors of some of the most harrowing, devastating, and shocking occurrences in history. The author scoured the country and travelled extensively to locate and speak directly with these remarkable people. He has captured their words and stories and immortalized them into this amazing book.

We are all familiar with the disasters and adversity described through old news reels and antique textbooks, but we’ve never heard them with such clarity and emotion before. And likely for the last time, because many of the men and women interviewed, have since passed, which makes The Last Leaf an even more important book to treasure.

Beautifully told with photos of the interviewees, both past and present, his interviews include the last survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a woman who remembers person who remembers the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a survivor who escaped the Nazi death camp Sobibor, the final passenger of the sunken Lusitania, the only remaining surviving ground crew member of the Hindenburg explosion, and many, many more fascinating witnesses to history. The survivor stories are especially poignant. When death was imminent, and the odds against them, somehow, these fascinating men and women managed to survive. The book also includes last interviews with witnesses to technological innovations and sports and entertainment personages, which are no less fascinating.

This is a book to read and re-read and then share with our children and grandchildren. Stories that must never be forgotten. Stories that teach us what it means to survive or to witness history. A book of great worth and immense wisdom to learn from. What a beautiful tribute to these amazing people.

Bravo Stuart Lutz for your passion in putting together such a worthwhile book.

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