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A book review of Moe Fields: The Special Bond Between Fathers and Sons by Stuart Z. Goldstein

A book review of Moe Fields: The Special Bond Between Fathers and Sons by Stuart Z. Goldstein

Stars: ***

Stuart Z. Goldstein (2021)
368 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Moe Fields (aka Murray Goldman), is a gripping narrative about a father’s fighting spirit and determination to save his family and inspire his sons to succeed.

Goldstein applies his gift of storytelling to bring us the story of Moe Fields, growing up during the Great Depression – from his teens as a Golden Gloves boxer, to his career as a Bootleg fighter in Brooklyn for money, to being a WWII sailor whose most prideful moment was singled out by FDR, to overcoming prejudice and building one of the large plumbing businesses in New Jersey.

When a health crisis hits Moe, and later, a drunk driver causes a horrific car accident, crippling his wife, they are both left to deal with a lifetime of disabilities. But Moe digs deep to turn tragedy into triumph.

We all have our Moe Fields. This treasure of a book is a poignant and thought-provoking memoir that captures the enduring power of role models in our lives. Goldstein has written a life-affirming story that’s hard to put down-and hard not to talk about. At a time when we need heroes, this book celebrates the strength of family, faith-and the enduring legacy we leave our children.

Moe Fields

It was really interesting reading about his life because he was born in the early 1900s and so his life is very unlike mine. It’s not just the time period, his life is unlike mine for many other reasons too. He had to grow up early, he worked and travelled at a young age, he lived in New York, he was a Boxer and he had many health issues and near death experiences. I did have one near death experience but nothing like Moe Fields aka Murray Goldman.

I especially liked reading about life before I was born because it gives me an idea of what life for my father in law and Bubby (grandma) would have been like. They were both born in the 1930s.

The book is long with small type. It was personally too long for me but I prefer books under 250 pages. I just feel a little too much detail was given in some parts. However I guess a biography is supposed to be thorough. The book is separated into chapters of course but they aren’t spaced the way chapters generally are. What I mean is each chapter doesn’t start on its own page. This is probably because that would make it even longer as the chapters are very short. There are over 70 chapters.

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