The true story of Marvin Lederman as he reminisce the last 75 years of his life

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Autobiography Tells the Extraordinary Story of a Man Who Withstood the Test of Time

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In reminiscing over the last seventy-five years of Marvin Lederman’s life, he thinks about all the things that happened to him—good and bad—and all the different wars he witnessed, from the Second World War up to this date.

Should I Cry or Smile? You Tell Me? tells Lederman’s true story as he remembers everything that transpired in his life for the last seventy-five years. Lederman’s life is one that has been in a series of ups and down. As he ponders on his childhood, he remembers everything that happened back in the day about the time of The Great Depression when he was still living in a big house on a farm just west of Denver in the county of Jefferson, Colorado.His schooldays became one of the biggest handicaps of his life because he would never catch up with the rest of the students, and was always behind through all of his school years.

During the Second World War, every man aged eighteen and above was either drafted or enlisted to serve in the Armed Forces. Because of this, Lederman used the war as an excuse to himself and other people as to why he didn’t graduated from high school. He enlisted in the navy and was assigned on a destroyer, the USS Wilson DD-408. He became a radioman stationed near the bridge of the ship. His unforgettable experiences during The Pacific War took him to Leyte Gulf, the Mindanao Island and Luzon Island in the Philippines. It also took him to Okinawa and Chinchi-jima islands in Japan. For Lederman, there was never a dull or boring day on the ship. There was always something going on—fistfights, stories the men would tell each other, gossip, guessing where they would send them next, picking up downed pilots, taking aboard food and ammunition, keeping the ship clean and in good repair, and, of course, plenty of jokes and tricks played on one another.

After the war, he was assigned as a radioman to a mine sweeper named the USS Incessant.He was later on discharged from active duty and started a new life. He became a salesman and later on got married to his wife Bette.He also learned about the bar business, the motel business, the finance business, the banking business, the restaurant business and more. Everything seems to be falling into the right places for Lederman. But later on, he has to endure a hard life. His own brother fired him in the family business, his son Rick succumbed to cancer, and so many of his friends and family members pass away.However, Bette, his ever loving and supportive wife tried her best to keep the family’s standard of living the way it used to be. She stood by him through thick and thin from then until now.

Should I Cry or Smile? You Tell Me? is not to be considered as a typical autobiography. It’s an extraordinary read that reflects the true story of an extraordinary man who withstood the test of time and comes out smiling in the end. Indeed, Lederman must have done some very good things in his life. He has written a truly inspiring book for those who are curious enough to know the real story behind the man.

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About the Author
It took Marvin Lederman six years to write his story. At the printing of this book, he is already eighty-six years old .He and his wife are going to celebrate their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary on December 28, 2012.
Should I Cry or Smile? You Tell Me * by Marvin Lederman
A True Story
Publication Date: September 26, 2012
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