Battle for Life is a current-day story about an aging Jewish father and his middle-aged son against the backdrop of the father’s life and military experience during World War II.
In the book, 60-year-old Sam accompanies his 90- year-old father Max from Nashville, Tennessee, to Washington, D.C., for a reunion of his Navy crewmates from the war. Sam, himself dealing with his own life crises, embarks on this final trip with his father, exposing along the way not only some long-kept secrets about the war but also some lessons about handling adversity and heartache. Together, Max and Sam share a journey of understanding about the challenges that each of us face as we go through life and, the ultimate lesson, that life can be a battle, but worth the fight. The combined narrative, based on a true story, is meant not only to be a nod to the Greatest Generation but also, as is well known in the Jewish tradition, a shared “ethical will” about love, courage and loss.