Home Front to Battlefront |

Home Front to Battlefront

Book Launch


Home Front to Battlefront” is the story of the U.S. campaign in Europe during World War II, told through the story of Carl Lavin who served as a combat infantryman. Carl was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The Ohio native enlisted when he turned 18, a decision that would take him with the U.S. Army in training assignments in the U.S. and Britain to combat from the Battle of the Bulge through V-E Day. “Home Front to Battlefront” is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home – all in the same day. 

This book contributes the rich experience of one soldier’s journey to the broader literature of World War II. Lavin’s adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general readers, veterans, and students of history. As a history, the book offers insight into the evolution of peacetime America into a combatant nation and how individuals and families dealt with that requirement. As a biography, the book reflects the emotions and the journey of the individual in a war effort that is all too often thought of as a machine war in which human soldiers were merely interchangeable cogs.

Carl Lavin was the father of former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin. The book is based on Carl’s personal letters, his recollections, and those with whom he served, official military history, private papers, published histories, and more. More information at www.HF2BF.com

Coverage on the book by the Straits Times can be found here.

Mr Frank Lavin

Chairman and CEO, Export Now, former U.S Commerce Undersecretary, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, a U.S. firm established to operate e-commerce stores in China for international companies. Export Now is the largest off-shore operator of China e-commerce stores, helping brands from around the world in strategy and operations.
In Government, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Edelman, Bank of America and Citibank.
Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs 1987-89.

Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service (Georgetown); an M.S. in Chinese Language and History (Georgetown); an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins); and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School (Pennsylvania).
Lavin is the co-author of “Export Now,” (Wiley) on market entry strategies. His World War II history book, “Home Front to Battlefront” was published n 2017 by Ohio University Press.

Lavin serves as Chairman of the International Council of the National University of Singapore School of Medicine, and serves on the Board of Directors of UOB. He also served as Steering Committee Chairman of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion.

Chair Person:

Assoc Prof Francesco Mancini, Assistant Dean & Visiting Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

5.15pm - 6.30pm


Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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