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Publisher's Summary

He's been called "America's greatest living tailor" and "the most interesting man in the world." Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his whole, incredible life story.

Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age 15 and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face-to-face with "Angel of Death" Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his parents, sisters, and baby brother. In haunting, powerful prose, Greenfield remembers his desperation and fear as a teenager alone in the death camp - and how an impulsive decision to steal an SS soldier's shirt dramatically altered the course of his life. He learned how to sew, and when he began wearing the shirt under his prisoner uniform, he learned that clothes possess great power and could even help save his life.

Measure of a Man is the story of a man who suffered unimaginable horror and emerged with a dream of success. From sweeping floors at a New York clothing factory to founding America's premier handmade suit company, Greenfield built a fashion empire. Now 86 years old and working with his sons, Greenfield has dressed the famous and powerful of Washington, DC and Hollywood, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and celebrities Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Jimmy Fallon.

Written with soul-baring honesty and, at times, a wry sense of humor, Measure of a Man is a memoir unlike any other - one that will inspire hope and renew faith in the resilience of man.

©2014 Martin Greenfield (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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  • dcn8v
  • Alexandria, VA USA
  • 11-28-14

Amazing life story, Yes Please!

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The first half of this book was simply unbelievable and totally gripping. The author lived through concentration camps by his wits and sheer luck, and generously shares his story with the reader. The second half of the book I'd file under "celebrity gossip," but every once in a while I did stop to marvel at how far he went with his willingness to work hard and aim for perfection.

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Strange transition

I found the book very annoying for most of the second half. After describing his horrific experiences in the Holocaust, it became the most mundane litany of name dropping.

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Inspiring story

They don't make men like this anymore. Inspiring story and a wonderful reminder of the greatness of this country.

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Absolutely Excellent!

This is one of the best auidobooks I've ever listened to. The story and performance are top-rate and the history of Martin's life is brought from imagination to reality.

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A must must read

If you could sum up Measure of a Man in three words, what would they be?

They say good can come from bad. I'll say and this is the prime example. Excellent narrator. One of my favorites after many years.

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Just as good as it gets

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Awesome book

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration. The book provides insight into the person and the business which are both institutions. An easy read/ listen

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Touching story!!!!

One of my favorite books. A wonderful story about a man who turn something so horrible into a wonderful life!

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Good story, especially if you like fashion

I enjoyed hearing the background and the story up until the last quarter of it where it just goes into all the politicians and Hollywood people he made/makes suits for.

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  • Boomer
  • Powellville GA
  • 03-12-15

Great Book!!!

What a story!!! I did not know anything about Martin Greenfield but read for a book club selection. I am so glad it was chosen as I could not put it down. A story demonstrating how perseverance can make for a great life. I learned so much. I can highly recommend!

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couldn't sop listening

the perseverance of this man, his struggles, and his great fullness of life is awe inspiring.

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  • Jana Mazjane
  • 08-07-15

Started listening and could not stop

A very inspiring story of a man who built a life of a respectable man inspite all the cruelties he lived through. An interesting plot, a pleasant voice and a perfect length of a book. A great read