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Bitter Ashes: The Story of WW II Hardcover – Jan 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894917901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894917902
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An accessible, often mesmerizing, account of the war. The book's breadth, warmth and clarity provide a good read for young history buffs, a compelling narrative even for those who don't usually take to non-fiction."

About the Author

John Wilson was born in 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He did his early growing up on the Island of Skye and in Paisley, near Glasgow. From 1969 to 1974, he attended the University of St. Andrews where he took an Honours B.Sc.. in Geology and never played golf once. He took a position with the Geological Survey of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In his two years there, he mapped rocks, dodged land mines and watched the country sink ever deeper into civil war. Shortly before he was due to be called into the army, John retreated back to Britain on his way to the safety of Canada. He settled on Calgary where geology was booming and the only danger was freezing to death in January. In 1979, he moved to Edmonton to take up a post with the Alberta Geological Survey. In 1988 he sold a feature article to the Globe and Mail. This fueled a smouldering mid-life crisis and he took up freelance writing full-time. With some success, John mined the experiences of his travels for articles, journalism and photo essays. He even began to express himself poetically and, with a young family, began writing children's stories. He moved to Nanaimo and then Lantzville on Vancouver Island. John has been widely published by a number of Canadian presses, with his accolades including a shortlisting for the Governor General’s Award.

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A fine read for any young reader who wants to learn about World War II March 19 2010
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Format: Hardcover
A world war truly touched almost every place in the globe. "Bitter Ashes: The Story of WWII" is a book aimed at young Canadian children outing Canada's lesser spoke involvement in the second World War, emphasizing that Canada was there behind its allies in Europe. It does not skimp however, on the history surrounding the other areas of the war, such as America's conflict with Japan. "Bitter Ashes" is a fine read for any young reader who wants to learn about World War II.