Moe Fields is a gripping narrative and celebration of family, faith and the legacy we give our children,” said Andy Polansky, recently retired Executive Chairman of Webber Shandwick (one of the world’s leading global PR firms). “We all have our Moe Fields. I lost my dad more than 20 years ago, and now am the proud father of two young men. This treasure of a story reminds us of the enduring power of role models in our own lives.” Polansky wrote the book’s foreword.
Winner 2022 National Literary Award for Memoir (sponsored by Reader Views). The book has been on Amazon's "best seller" list six times since publication last year.
The bloody image of the boxer at the beginning of this story during the Depression sets the stage in defining the main character; his inner grit and unwillingness to retreat; his physicality; his lone wolf instincts and his selfless devotion to the family he loves. Across five decades, there are so many stories about Moe’s determination to survive; to fight back and overcome life’s obstacles…some are funny, some sad, but this is a story meant to inspire you.”
The Moe Fields story is told in three parts. It begins with Murray Goldman, the teen age golden gloves fighter who’d rather adopt an alias than anger his religious father, growing up in the hardscrabble neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the Depression
He joins the Navy in WWII and heads to Europe aboard a ship used to plan the invasion of southern France and the Yalta conference. His unique skills as a plumber helped save the ship during a German air attack, and he builds a toilet for President FDR who stayed onboard following his meetings with Stalin and Churchill.
The second part of the story is overcoming anti-Semitism to start a plumbing business in northern New Jersey in the 1950s. When a brain tumor threatens his life and, later, a drunk driver causes a horrific car accident crippling his wife at 44, Murray digs deep to turn tragedy into triumph.
The last third of the book focuses on Murray’s sons. The most basic questions are
asked about what it means to be a father? Why are they important? This story arc binds the entire family to a
shared sense of purpose and values.