Reflections on a Generous Generation

Reflections on a Generous Generation

by Michael Stern
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Reflections on a Generous Generation by Michael Stern

Heroes abound throughout the world, from generation to generation. Although unknown to us, they are men and women who have changed our lives.
Reflections on a Generous Generation is a memoir, and a retrospective of the 20th Century. Shared by a generation which was confronted by the Great Depression and World War II, the story tells of the journey, and one man's participation in the events of that time. It also shows the interrelationships of people and events, and how the Generous Generation created the world we live in today.

The story shares with you the most important ten decades in world history, the most significant century in America, and the people who embodied "American exceptionalism"-the Generous Generation.

The story of Murray Stern is both universal and unique. Born of immigrant parents, growing up in the Depression, serving in the Army in World War II, and returning to build a business, a family, and a community, he was a participant in the events of his life, not a spectator.

This is a book for history lovers and for the many baby-boomers and their children who have a curiosity about the people who made life in America what it is now, and the lessons to help us move into the future. It tells of success, of enjoyment and of the happiness of "doing" rather than watching. It is about the role models we can aspire to as we plan our "end game."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477474839
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Stern is a graduate of Cornell University, and has had various careers, from animal welfare to mortgages to business owner. Writing and helping others to write is his "end game".

He lives in Riverton, New Jersey with his family. He blogs at

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BlossomK More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Reflections of a Generous Generation by Mike R Stern. This was a very original book, I was pleasantly surprised by the way the story was told and the view point taken. In many ways, the book was very matter-of-fact and a history lesson, in other ways we were able to see it through emotional eyes. At first, I did feel the book took a little too long jumping into the meat of it. We were told a lot of history, a lot, and it lasted (I felt) a chapter too long, because for me I am the type who is more interested in people rather than events. Even though those events create and change people in many ways. Which is what I wanted to see. How did these events in history create and morph the life of the one person this story was told through? The story is part history lesson, part biography of the author's father. The narrator of the story was the author and son of the main character (not sure character is the right word here). It was endearing to hear the story from this view point, especially being a generation removed. The goal of this story is to show us, anyone, what history has made for us, and what those people in history did, good and bad. But mostly, when speaking about the men and women of the "generous generation" as the author calls it, we see what good was created from the bad events that surround many lifetimes and how this specific generation was one that people today should use as an example of what we should reach to be as people and as a nation. I greatly respected the author's father and life the man lead. He had strong beliefs and values that are critical to thriving in the world - not just surviving, but thriving. At times I wished their were more details and maybe more deep personal moments, because I feel in many ways this story only just touched the surface of this one person who made an impact in so many peoples lives, just by being an everyday man of the nation. I definitely recommend this book. I think it's a good read and leaves you feeling stronger, and full of potential.