by Steven A. Segal
-A multifaceted saga of an incredibly strong woman who faces extreme challenges in a world determined to crush her.
Born in a Boston ghetto in the late 1870's Ida fights to survive, educate herself, and protect her family in the midst of the rampant political and social corruption of the early 1900's, wide-open crime of mob violence of the Prohibition era, the economic destruction of the Great Depression, and the devastating tragedy brought on by the rise of Nazi Germany as it engulfs the world in the chaotic senselessness of World War II.
The story of Ida's life will hold you spell bound. The winds of natural events expose Ida to a love which steals her heart forever, then, in an instant, whisks it away. She is left alone and illiterate in a world devoid of laws protecting individuals, limited means of communication and few modes of travel.
Her four young children are torn from her to face the relentless brutality of a sadistic orphanage. Only through the strong arm tactics of the political boss of Kansas City, is she able to gain release from having been railroaded into an insane asylum. She remains isolated from two of her sons for years, unaware they are being raised just two miles from her. She teaches herself to read and write, is considered a socialite among the highest members of the Kansas City mob, dines with Hollywood stars, and fights a life-long battle of guilt concerning the murder of her youngest son.
You will experience heart felt joy, shed some tears and feel hope as you live with Ida. She will stir your imagination, and perhaps keep you up later than you wanted, as her story twists and turns through the tumultuous years of America's rise from a third rate country to an international world power.
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