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Wide Place in the Road: A Great Generation Love Story by [Kirkland, Richard C.]
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Length: 669 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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From the Author

Wide Place in the Road is a story that for the most part, I lived or had first account. So after the years went by and the bad memories faded, I realized that it was a story to be told and I'm probably the only one left to do it. Based on real people and real history, it is a heart warming love story that begins during that era in American history fondly depicted as a more innocent time, followed by the dedication and sacrifice of America's youth who fought World War Two, the deadliest war in history. It is a period often referred to as "The Greatest Generation" and will bring back memories to seniors and for younger folks, a refreshing glimpse of that unique era.

About the Author

Born in 1923, Richard was raised in a rural community in California during the Great Depression. At the outbreak of WWII he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the famous "Flying Knights" Fighter Squadron with Major Dick Bong, America's all time ace of aces. Lt. Kirkland flew 103 combat missions in P-38 and P-47 fighters dogfighting Japanese Zeros, attacking enemy installations, ships, and flying escort for bombers. After WWII, Lt. Kirkland was assigned to a top secret project of testing atomic bombs in the Marshall Islands.

During the Korean War, Captain Kirkland traded his wings for rotors and flew 69 helicopter missions rescuing downed pilots from behind enemy lines and snatching wounded soldiers from the battlefield at the 8055 MASH, home of the infamous "Hawkeye." Major Kirkland was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal and both the U.S. and Korean Presidential citations for his service in WWII and the Korean War.

Richard sketched and painted his surroundings as a boy in California, writing short stories to match his artwork. During his military service he continued, sketching and painting his surroundings, capturing history as it occurred. He used his art for inspiration in his writing. He has written and published numerous magazine short stories and articles, and four books about his experiences. His last book "Wide Place in the Road," is historic fiction, based on true historic incidents with real characters that Richard knew and associated with during the span of the book from the Great Depression through WWII.

Richard is very active at 89 and speaks regularly at various civic, social, and historic societies. He has been a featured speaker at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and was interviewed on both the American and Canadian History Channels. He and his wife Maria, who is also an artist, have nine children, sixteen grandchildren and one great grandson.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2552 KB
  • Print Length: 669 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463649347
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (May 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088RJEPY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a moving account of of a youg boy, his family and his friends growing up during the depression in a very rural part of America's West. It relates the young man's awakening and maturing into adulthood. But that's just half the story. The tale then moves on into how the man becomes an ace fighter pilot in the Pacific theater of World War II. Woven throughout the tale are some very poignant stories of how boys and girls, men and women coped with these difficult times.

My words are but a meager attempt to describe a page-turner novel, hard to put down, heart warming plus offering a human oriented view of those stressful years. Worth every penny, your mind will be pleased, your heart warmed.

And I suspect that in many ways it is close to being a biography of the author.
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I love historical fiction. This story captured my heart, the characters are real and lovable. The historical aspect was riveting. I hope there's a sequel! Thank you Mr. Kirkland for sharing your memories and your imagination!
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This book was magnificent in its weaving fictional material with correct historical facts. It was written in a style which built up your interest page by page such that it was very difficult to put down. The first half of the book weaves a delightful tale of naive country boy scouts growing up in the depression. Their trials and tribulations bring to mind one's own youth. Then comes the war and everything changes. The story then becomes an enthralling combination of youths becoming men and history of the war. In summary, any veteran or history buff or lover of love stories must read this unique account by one who lived it or had first hand accounts of brothers in arms of WWII. RCA
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One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Wide Place in the Road is a love story that spans the years of the Great Depression right on through to the conclusion of WWII. I felt as if I was there every step of the way as I read this book. I wish there were more stories like this one...it was an absolute joy to read!
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After seeing Mr Kirkland on Fox News I came to Kindle hoping the book would be under $10.00 which is my cutoff to pay for any ebook. As it turns out, the book was a fantastic read from start to finish. I wished that the ending had been stretched out a few more pages. The author has several other books that I plan to download and read as well.
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This was an outstanding book. It told the story of his war time experiences but spent a lot of the book developing the story through his childhood years. Normally this is not the type of book I enjoy, but I couldn't put it down. This turned out to be a great book. Sarge
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This book is a gem! The author takes you on a journey to a time in history that many of us have never known, or never will know again: the time before internet, electronics and media. This was a time when kids growing up in the country created their own fun (and sometimes with "interesting" consequences). The character development is excellent. Jessie is an honest and straightforward young man, growing up in a difficult time in the history of our country. While a bit racy in the beginning half during Jessie's formative years, the latter half of the book takes you through an interesting first-hand account(historical fiction) of the beginning stages of aviation during WWII. This is a fast and entertaining read, with something to draw you in at the end of each chapter. I could not put the book down. Congratulations to Richard Kirkland, an excellent author who has created his first fiction book at the young age of 89! Looking forward to the sequel!
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I like to learn history by reading historical novels that I know are based on facts and also tell a good story. "Wide Place in the Road" does that in spades. A real page-turner, this epic novel tells a heart-warming "Greatest Generation" love story that kept me riveted until the very end of the book. Based on the author's life during the Great Depression and World War II, this poignant story depicts what it was like growing up as a youth in rural California and then suddenly having life turned upside sown by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Reading "Wide Place in the Road" gave me a real sense of why those who grew up in the Depression and then went off to fight in World War II are called the "Greatest Generation." Americans during that era demonstrated great courage as the characters in this book show us.

I highly recommend "Wide Place in the Road" be at the top of your Christmas gift list!
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