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A Young Man on the Front Line

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Elaine Makas, Ph.D.

Dr. Makas is excited to debut her first novel! After finally retiring from the world of education she has devoted her time to tell the wonderful, important, and heartwarming story of her dad’s battlefield journey during the Southern Invasion of Germany in 1944 entitled: A YOUNG MAN ON THE FRONT LINE: Lessons of War. Elaine has based her life values on those her dad taught her throughout all the wonderful years together. The two also shared a deep love and respect for history.

She is a strong advocate for education. She spent over 40 years in the educational capacity of a professor of educational leadership at the University of Michigan, public school teacher, administrator, director of instructional services, and teacher professional development. Elaine was a private coach for failing schools in the areas of curriculum and accreditation through her company Curriculum Connections, LLC.

Dr. Makas completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Oakland University in 2010. She has a Specialist degree from Saginaw Valley State University in educational leadership, a Master’s from Central Michigan University in school guidance, and a Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University in history. She authored two educational books: From Mandate to Achievement (Corwin, 2010) and Career Pathways: Preparing Students for Life co-authored with Pam Ill (Corwin, 2004).

Elaine is very proud of her four sons, Mark (Rochelle), Benjamin, Jacob, and Samuel, and her three grandchildren, Sarah, Ethan, and Joshua. She enjoys life with Fred and engaging in writing, oil painting, nature, horseback riding, and traveling.

Reviews Of The Book

Amazing War Journal of a Young Sergeant

"A Young Man On the Front Line" is a beautiful tribute and excellent read which offers life lessons and a compelling story following a young mans journey from his childhood bedroom to the front lines of combat as a Sergeant in World War II. Dr. Makas lets you get to know her father closely as he conveys his feelings as he travels a path of war through France and Germany. I have read many books of this genre but this is the first time I felt truly there! I could not put this book down! Many life lessons learned and discovered as this young man presents his best for Company B, 255th Regiment, 1st Battalion, 63rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Bravo! Sergeant Chris Makas!

Simple, yet poignant reminder of hard won life-lessons

As a prior military member, I see this book as an excellent read. Tightly written, a pointed, first-hand account of real men in close combat. It’s a compelling book, full of life lessons, learned by a 20-year-old Sergeant in the crucible of war.

The key issue is the immediate view of the challenges of life and death by a combat vet, understandable to today’s veterans. One has the impression that this was related by someone with many more years’ experience. He clearly conveys a sense of sorrow and loss that’s obviously counterbalanced by the hope for tomorrow and trust in grace. The connections are strong, long lasting and poignant, even when suppressed for many years. Surprisingly, he clearly relates to readers what most returning military members cannot discuss with anyone but another combat veteran.

This firsthand view of the lessons of war and the burden of carrying a "Soldier's Heart" (or PTSD, as now diagnosed), is something that’s severe & difficult to avoid, but commits each returning soldier to live a more connected life, appreciating life more and remembering those who didn’t return.

A Compelling and Loving Tribute

"A Young Man on the Front Line" is both a daughter's loving tribute to her father's patriotism, valor and service and an intimate and authentic portrayal of the life of a young soldier fighting the Nazis in World War II. Written in a clear and cinematic style, the book answers a critical question for readers: What was it really like for an 18 year old man to face the horrors of combat and the experience of liberating a Nazi concentration camp? I highly recommend this book.

Learn More About The Author

Elaine Makas, Ph.D.

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Dr. Makas is excited to debut her first novel! After finally retiring from the world of education she has devoted her time to tell the wonderful, important, and heartwarming story of her dad’s battlefield journey during the Southern Invasion of Germany in 1944 entitled: A YOUNG MAN ON THE FRONT LINE: Lessons of War. Elaine has based her life values on those her dad taught her throughout all the wonderful years together. The two also shared a deep love and respect for history.

She is a strong advocate for education. She spent over 40 years in the educational capacity of a professor of educational leadership at the University of Michigan, public school teacher, administrator, director of instructional services, and teacher professional development. Elaine was a private coach for failing schools in the areas of curriculum and accreditation through her company Curriculum Connections, LLC.

Dr. Makas completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Oakland University in 2010. She has a Specialist degree from Saginaw Valley State University in educational leadership, a Master’s from Central Michigan University in school guidance, and a Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University in history. She authored two educational books: From Mandate to Achievement (Corwin, 2010) and Career Pathways: Preparing Students for Life co-authored with Pam Ill (Corwin, 2004).

Elaine is very proud of her four sons, Mark (Rochelle), Benjamin, Jacob, and Samuel, and her three grandchildren, Sarah, Ethan, and Joshua. She enjoys life with Fred and engaging in writing, oil painting, nature, horseback riding, and traveling.

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Interview With The Author

A Young Man on the Front Line

When did you start writing?

I started writing as a young child. I once told a friend that I was going to write novels and she responded by telling me that eight-year-olds cannot write novels. Well, she was right...but I did publish my first novel in my sixties!

What was the feeling when you published your first book?

It was so exciting and uplifting when I published my first book, "Career Pathways: Preparing Students for Life" (Corwin, 2004). My first publication also launched my educational consulting business in assisting schools to build curriculum and career pathway systems for student achievement and transitioning.

Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?

I am working on a book that is a personal journey thorugh cancer. I think if I can honestlly and candidly share my experience it would help those with cancer, and their loved ones, make such a journey too. I also have lots of other ideas and a few short stories in the making. My mind never rests when it comes to thinking of plots, characters, events, lessons and how they intertwine.