The product of an
exhaustive, years-long, worldwide research project, Early Years tells the
riveting story of the early life of the man who, as much as anyone else, set
the course of Jewish history in the twentieth century.
What was his childhood
like? What type of schooling did he receive? Who
were his mentors and teachers? When did he first meet his father-in-law and
predecessor, and what was the relationship between them like? At what point did the ideas that were to transform the landscape of
post-Holocaust Jewry begin to take form in his mind?
These questions and
others about the Rebbe’s early life have never been answered comprehensively.
newly-uncovered government documents, private journals, letters and diaries,
Rabbis Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin have produced a
highly-engaging account which offers an unimpeded view of the formative years
of modern Judaism’s most recognized personality.
Over 450 documents and
photographs are beautifully reproduced in full color, illuminating and
informing the text.