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Russian Snows: Coming of Age in Napoleon's Army Paperback – September 28, 2011
From the Author
This is an account of a fictional French boy named Henri Carle. It is written from his point of view as he tells his grandchildren about experiences that began in 1811 when he was 13 years old. Henri's story includes actual events and incidents that took place during Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia. Although Henri was only aware of the things he could see for himself or that someone told him about as the events were unfolding, he has learned more about certain aspects of the campaign over time, which he includes in his story.
While the overall historic events actually happened and some of the characters really lived, the descriptions of them in this book are fictionalized.
About the Author
Scott Armstrong drew on a lifetime of American Revolutionary War re-enacting, travel through Europe, and extensive reading on a wide range of topics, especially history, to bring Henri’s story to life. A history major in college, he first became interested in Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Russia while taking a course on the French Revolution and Napoleon. Inspired by his teenage daughter, Helen, he successfully completed NaNoWriMo in 2010. His goal was to write a story that would appeal to Helen as well as to his son, Nathaniel, age 10. The result was Russian Snows. Scott is the publisher of a family activities and resource guide called Parents' Source (www.ParentsSource.com). He grew up doing living history activities with his family. He and his wife, Sandie, met while re-enacting the siege of Savannah during the Bicentennial celebration. Later Scott and Sandie both participated in a parade in Paris on the Champs Elysées as part of a re-created French regiment during the 200th anniversary commemoration marking the end of the American Revolution. Scott lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He can be reached at: ScottArmstrong@RussianSnows.com
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