"In the Shadow of Greatness" Book Launch

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Event Date: 
November 20, 2012
1400 16th Street NW, 1st Floor Conference Room

The Institute for the Study of War invites you to celebrate the publication and success of the LA Times Best Seller, In the Shadow of Greatness. The book’s co-authors will explain how the book was created and its impact on bridging the civilian and military divide in America today. This exemplary book highlights a young person’s transformation from student to leader, and covers the breadth of operations in the Navy and Marine Corps today.
Discussion with Major Elizabeth Kreft, USAF, CAPT Seth Lynn, USMCR,
and LCDR Joshua Welle, USN
Moderated by John Williams
Tuesday November 20, 2012
5:30 – 7:00pm
ISW Office Building - Lobby Conference Room
1400 16th Street NW
Book Signing and Reception to Follow
Please RSVP by Monday, November 19.
We invite you to join us for a book event with co-authors Major Elizabeth Kreft, USAF, CAPT Seth Lynn, USMCR, and LCDR Joshua Welle, USN.
The evening will begin at 5:30 with a discussion moderated by ISW Chief Operating Officer John Williams. After, the co-authors will sign copies of the book (available for purchase at the event) during a casual cocktail reception.
The authors were among the first graduates of the Naval Academy to enter a nation at war since Vietnam. In the Shadow of Greatness addresses issues that go beyond one Annapolis class; it explains the trials of most military veterans of this era. Understanding how a young person enlists to serve, deploys to the fight, and returns home is completely unfamiliar to most Americans. In exchange for battle scars, these soldiers gained an unbreakable sense of purpose to America's ideals—freedom, equality, and democracy. The book’s compilation of personal narratives is a seminal read on the leadership of this generation and is described as the most authentic and raw narrative to emerge from the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. You can preview the book in a recent Time.com op-ed and in the Baltimore Sun.
“This book is military in subject matter, but national in scope and relevance. 
It is penned by those in uniform but is written for citizens and others of all stripes.”
 –David Gergen, from the foreword
"Thank you for sharing your stories and opening America’s eyes to the challenges faced by your generation, which in my view really is the next 'greatest generation.’”
–Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
from the epilogue 
Connect with The Shadow of Greatness  Community: Watch the YouTube trailer; Check out our Website; Attend the Book Tour; Like on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; Look inside the book.
Contact: Abigail Roberts at aroberts@understandingwar.org, or 202-293-5550 ext. 205
This invitation is non-transferable.