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The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11

Narrated by: Marjorie K. Eastman
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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A 2017 National Independent Publisher Book Award winner and recommended reading list mention for the US Army Military Intelligence Center of Excellence Library and Museum. 

"You are the frontlines - no matter where or how you serve." (Marjorie K. Eastman) 

It began as a personal memoir for her son. Reflecting one day on her 10 years of post-9/11 military service, Marjorie K. Eastman wanted to capture the lessons and inspiration she'd learned serving beside men and women who represent the very best of what it means to be American: dedication to a job well done, selflessness, character, and a belief that one person can make a difference.   

The audiobook unfolds in the intentional progression of the narrative, which focuses on Eastman's experiences first, then on those around her as she grows as a person and leader. As she writes, Eastman identifies the people of this post-9/11 era as her Frontline Generation for today, and notes it is an untapped reservoir of leaders - now back in our communities - who have been strengthened by the unique difficulties of post-9/11 service. 

Eastman's wartime journal entries further reveal frustrations, inspiration, joy, heartbreak, laughter, purpose, resolve, and the remarkable ways service members came together to solve problems and break boundaries well beyond the heartbreaking day of 9/11. She defines the legacy her Frontline Generation leaves on this country and encourages listeners to think about who they want to be, how they can make a difference, how they can make their lives count. Service is the key. 

The compelling journey of Eastman's time in uniform culminates in her final assignment, when she was responsible for the lives of more than 100 troops - men and women - scattered throughout Eastern Afghanistan. Her first-person account of that time is a moving story from personal commitment to the conviction that service - no matter where or how - is the best path to success. 

She offers lessons on life, leadership, service, and the way for every person to find a role in them. The Frontline Generation abounds with wisdom, compassion, and humor.

©2016 Marjorie K. Eastman (P)2018 Marjorie K. Eastman

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New Insights and Leadership

I read this book over a year ago. Now, after listening to it again, I am able to really feel Marjorie K Eastman's incredible telling of her experiences. My father died prior to my having many of the questions I would have asked if I could see him face to face today. Questions like what was it like day to day? What were those feelings when you were away? What motivated you to serve? Marjorie brought me just a bit closer to a very foreign place. More than that, the commitments to volunteerism, looking out for others and setting goals as a leader no matter the setting are inspiring.

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Every person who aspires to be a leader needs this

The lessons in life and leadership that the author presents in this book are foundational elements that every leader needs to consider... communicated in the context of an intriguing story, these lessons are made even more clear by hearing the author read the story in her own voice... the emotion and the exact emphasis that she intended to covey is truly brought to life by her personally taking the time to read the story... be prepared to be challenged to face to your own biases as you hear her passionately take on some tough topics - whether you agree with her or not on some of the sensitive points; you will be presented with some very interesting perspectives that we should all consider as we continually evolve our individual approachs to leadership