The Happiest Man on Earth - Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth

By Eddie Jaku

  • Release Date: 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Religious Bios & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 306 Ratings


A New York Times Bestseller

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.


  • So good

    By I want that unlock package
    Buy it, read it and enjoy
  • Inspiring

    By Stephs05
    It does not matter how many holocaust stories you read, it always pierces my heart with sadness and anger. His will to survive is admiring - love, kindness and friendship.
  • Life changing story

    By Bennyboy1277
    Only book I ever read that made me cry. Everyone should read this book.
  • An Inspiring Read

    By user148592927592
    It puts things into perspective on how hard life was during a dark time. Very interesting read
  • Such an amazing man, everyone soups read this story!!!

    By MyKOHR
    This man’s story should be required reading in high school! So sad, so scary, so inspiring!
  • Wonderful

    By Jawcomics
    A testament to the strength of the human spirit.
  • Phenomenal Book

    By Tiamailani
    Couldn’t put the book down. it had me invested on an emotional level. 10/10 - easily! I could read this over & over.
  • Quite Enjoyable

    By phepburn242
    It was an easy, enjoyable and educational read.

    By heatherann_
    One of the best Holocaust books I’ve read. Eddie is truly inspiring. His way with words and storytelling is undoubtedly compelling, but it is his brave outlook on life that is truly empowering. This book will change your life. Read it now.
  • I couldn’t put this book down

    By SM from TX
    Such an important part of history and I’m very appreciative that Eddie shared his story.