Lost Adventures

From Wango to Solovetski Island with John W. Adkins

by Edward M. Perdue



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/18/2005

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 704
ISBN : 9781420827538
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 704
ISBN : 9781420827521

About the Book

If one wants to begin to understand the GULAG, he would read anyone of at least 131 books such as;


-     My twenty-two prisons and My Escape from Solovetski, 1929, by Bezonov, Eliuriai Dimitrevich


-     Red Gaols, a Woman’s Experiences in Russian Prisons, 1935, by author did not want to be identified.


-     Prisoner of the OGPU, 1935, by Kitechin, George.


-     An Account of the Construction of the New Canal between the White Sea and the Baltic Sea, 1935, by Maxim Gorky, and 30 writers.


Many people refer to the book The Gulag Archipelago, 1974, by Solzenitsyn, I., as “the” book on the GULAG partly from his experience and research thereof.


The author started with a simple expression written about John W. Adkins: “He left home at an early age, and never returned home age”.  There was literally no information about him.  Most people, familiar with my work, have been totally amazed at the amount of the information, documents, obtained by the author from the archives on one individual.  After many years of work, the author did not want to leave this material to just a research project sitting on the bookshelf.


This book brings to life the adventures of John William Adkins through the documents.  A full translation for each and every document exists for documents from files of Russia, Estonia, and Finland.  The English files are included also along with letters and postcards.


It is thought that a book of this type providing so many documents will provide an interesting text book for history and language classes in the universities.


The book documents his life in 18 chapters with the 18th chapter covering the rehabilitation by the prosecutor of all charges leveled against him in Russia.  There are four appendixes dealing with Notes (sources for each chapter), Epilogue (family related information), Summary (detailing research), and References (all books the author located and read looking for clues).

For the RUSSIAN EDITION, click here: http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~31659.aspx

About the Author

Edward M. Perdue is a retired electrical engineer with a Bachelor degree from the University of Maryland and a Master degree from Northeastern University in Massachusetts; both in electrical engineering.  There are many courses to supplement writing proposals, reports, and memos.  He has taking some courses in writing and art.


He traveled widely after growing up on a small farm near Parsonsburg, Maryland:


First, he with was in the Air Force in Alabama, French Morocco, Europe, and Montana serving his time as an electronic navigational aide technician.


Secondly, He spent time in Missouri, Hawaii, Thailand, Panama, Lebanon, and Iran as a technician installing and testing large earth-satellite communication terminals.


Thirdly, he spent time in France, England, Japan, China and Russia during his 32 years as a design engineer of communication hardware.  He made upwards of 18 trips to Russia for research on this book.


He has completed several books on the genealogy of the Perdue, Warren, and Adkins families; The Perdue family being the most important.  There is one book on the inventory of cemeteries in the local area of these families.


He now lives in Westboro, Massachusetts in retirement devoting all his time to the history of the family and travel.