• The Happiest Man on Earth

  • The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
  • By: Eddie Jaku
  • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (566 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Best Seller

In this uplifting memoir in the vein of The Last Lecture and Man’s Search for Meaning, a Holocaust survivor pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom, and living his best possible life.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, into a Jewish family, Eddie Jaku was a teenager when his world was turned upside-down. On November 9, 1938, during the terrifying violence of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Eddie was beaten by SS thugs, arrested, and sent to a concentration camp with thousands of other Jews across Germany. Every day of the next seven years of his life, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors in Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and finally on a forced death march during the Third Reich’s final days. The Nazis took everything from Eddie - his family, his friends, and his country. But they did not break his spirit.

Against unbelievable odds, Eddie found the will to survive. Overwhelming grateful, he made a promise: he would smile every day in thanks for the precious gift he was given and to honor the six million Jews murdered by Hitler. Today, at 100 years of age, despite all he suffered, Eddie calls himself the “happiest man on earth.” In his remarkable memoir, this born storyteller shares his wisdom and reflects on how he has led his best possible life, talking warmly and openly about the power of gratitude, tolerance, and kindness. Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. With The Happiest Man on Earth, Eddie shows us how. 

Filled with his insights on friendship, family, health, ethics, love, and hatred, and the simple beliefs that have shaped him, The Happiest Man on Earth offers timeless lessons for readers of all ages, especially for young people today.

©2020 Eddie Jaku (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Everyone needs to listen to this amazing man

His story forever changed my life. The most beautiful human. The most amazing story. The most amazing words. Thank you, Mr. Jaku. ❤️

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Great Book

This audiobook is amazing. Mr. Jakus explanation and story is riveting and one I could not stop listening to. It’s amazing how he could still have such a love for life with all he experienced. This is a must read book.

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Encouragement for my Life

A most powerful story..... couldn't stop listening until book was complete! I can already feel its impact upon my thinking!!
Thank you Eddie❤️

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Unforgettable Story

Riveting and unforgettable. I will share with the younger generation. Hate steals the soul.

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This story is so important

Such a great story. I could not stop listening. 😪 Very well read too.

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Loved it!

what an amazing example of the good in humankind. a must read for everyone.

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Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Important reminder from someone who has every right to preach to us. Reader was excellent and very effective. You laughed and cried together with the author. Makes you really want to meet him.

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Fantastic book!

Very well done, couldn’t put the book down. Narration was wonderful, accent added so much to the whole audio book!

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Simply beautiful

While this book at times is heartbreaking, it is a beautiful story and has a beautiful message. Everyone should take the time to listen to this.

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You must read and share this book

WOW! I have read many books about the Holocaust and this is by far the best. So many lessons and reminders that we cannot forget. Thank you my new friend Eddie.

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