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A scholarship to the czar's medical school was fifteen-year-old Alexander Kowal's escape from life as a peasant, farming the land of his ancestors. But the quiet life he envisioned as a doctor ended when powerful political forces plunged Russia and Europe into war and revolution. Alexander's fate was at the whim of those in charge at the moment who were flexing power - the A scholarship to the czar's medical school was fifteen-year-old Alexander Kowal's escape from life as a peasant, farming the land of his ancestors. But the quiet life he envisioned as a doctor ended when powerful political forces plunged Russia and Europe into war and revolution. Alexander's fate was at the whim of those in charge at the moment who were flexing power - the czar, the German Nazis, the Russian Bolsheviks, or the partisan underground army - each in turn held his life in their hands. Yet even while tending to a Bolshevik commandant's child, knowing his own life might depend on her survival, or hiding from the Nazis, Alexander never gave up hope for a better future for himself and his family. This historical biography of Alexander Kowal's life is a story of courage, tenacity, and hope.


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A scholarship to the czar's medical school was fifteen-year-old Alexander Kowal's escape from life as a peasant, farming the land of his ancestors. But the quiet life he envisioned as a doctor ended when powerful political forces plunged Russia and Europe into war and revolution. Alexander's fate was at the whim of those in charge at the moment who were flexing power - the A scholarship to the czar's medical school was fifteen-year-old Alexander Kowal's escape from life as a peasant, farming the land of his ancestors. But the quiet life he envisioned as a doctor ended when powerful political forces plunged Russia and Europe into war and revolution. Alexander's fate was at the whim of those in charge at the moment who were flexing power - the czar, the German Nazis, the Russian Bolsheviks, or the partisan underground army - each in turn held his life in their hands. Yet even while tending to a Bolshevik commandant's child, knowing his own life might depend on her survival, or hiding from the Nazis, Alexander never gave up hope for a better future for himself and his family. This historical biography of Alexander Kowal's life is a story of courage, tenacity, and hope.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    This is not my typical read, but I listened to two friends and I am so glad that I did. What a wonderful book. The only problem is that I wasn't ready for it to end. I want to know more about this great family. Can you say "sequel"!!! Looking forward to discussing it at book club next week. This is not my typical read, but I listened to two friends and I am so glad that I did. What a wonderful book. The only problem is that I wasn't ready for it to end. I want to know more about this great family. Can you say "sequel"!!! Looking forward to discussing it at book club next week.

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