Becoming American

A Story of One of The Greatest Generation

by Stanley Yokell


Book Details

How the Child of Russian Ancestors Served America

Becoming American, A Story of One of the Greatest Generation, How the Child of Russian Ancestors Served America, begins with a description of the protagonist’s ancestors time in Tsarist Russia. It follows their immigration to the United States, efforts to adapt, successes and the birth and growth of Vladimir Abrams from his earliest days through his adolescence, adulthood and service in the United States Navy in World War II and his return as one of America’s Greatest Generation.


Book Excerpt

Both families were appalled when the Tsar’s secret police arrested a young friend of Ivan’s for the crime of looking like a wanted radical. He was thrown into jail and held without trial despite the protests of family and friends. When the Tsar’s secret police discovered that they had the wrong man in jail, they summarily booted him out, without apology and without returning his identity documents. His family nearly bankrupted themselves to pay the bribes necessary to recover his passport. This made the Abramovich and Yankelovitch children doubly careful and reinforced their belief that the system under which they lived was unjust and corrupt. In 1905, there was an uprising throughout Russia. The Tsar’s troops repressed it with gunfire. The streets of Tula ran red with blood when the soldiers fired on demonstrators demanding bread. The Abramovich household was in terrible fear for Fanya who had not returned from school. It was a great relief to them when a breathless, rosy cheeked Fanya opened the door to say that she had been helping the wounded. She told her family the story. Everyone listened intently. Pyotr exclaimed, “Tsarist murderers. We must take action.” Abramovich, fearful for the safety of his children, and suspicious that the secret police had been watching them made up his mind to leave Russia for the golden streets of America..


About the Author

Stanley Yokell

Stanley Yokell is a retired professional engineer who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Like many Coloradans, he has had a full life of outdoor activities. His published books include The Ship, a book about a landing ship tank (LST) that saw combat in the Pacific during WWII; The Ride, (written under the pen name S. Israel), about his solo coast-to-coast bicycle trip to celebrate his 59th birthday; Dog Stories, about the important dogs in his life; A Happy Life, his autobiography; An Old Timer’s Scuba Tales, an illustrated recounting of his nearly 1,000 scuba dives; Murder at Plato House, a murder mystery ; Old People, an anthology of stories about the elderly; Beneath the Surface, fictional tales of scuba diving; The Body in the Park, a murder mystery; The Murder on the Mall, a murder mystery; The Foothills Mystery, a mystery novel; 2084 The Secularist Revolution, a tale of how technology upset the power of religion over people; A little Book of American Haiku, which follows the classic Japanese form; Short Stories and Sketches, an anthology; and Drugs and Death, a P.I. novel. His technical books, all published by McGraw-Hill. are A Working Guide to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers; Tubular Exchanger Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair, written with Carl Andreone; and Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide, written with Michael C. Catapano and Eric Svensson. Mr Yokell's website for all of his books is at An announcement has been forward to the Boulder Daily Camera He is currently writing a book of short stories.

Also by Stanley Yokell

Beneath the Surface
The Body in the Park
2084 The Secularist Revolution
The Murder On The Mall
Old People
The Foothills Mystery
A Little Book of American Haiku
Short Stories and Sketches
Drugs and Death
Old Times in Elizabethtown
Dining Room Murders
Stories of My Boyhood
Anecdotes and Stories, Old and New
Sir Thomas Cat and Me and Stories my Grandpa Told