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Michael G. Bergen

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I was born in England and grew up in Canada, though I have lived in Europe and South Africa for most of my adult life, and it was in the Cape of Good Hope that The Rutherford Chronicles first sprang to life.

History was always my first love and sparked an interest in my family heritage. This led, following meticulous research, directly to the writing of The Rutherford Chronicles, a series of four books based on the lives of my ancestors, their friends and families and the broader world in the turbulent years of the early to mid 20th century, and culminating in the final novel, based on my own experiences during the Cold War of the second half of that century.

The Rutherford Chronicles follow the lives of ordinary people thrust into extraordin
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“Life is not just that which we are living, it’s also the accumulation of everything that has gone before us.”
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“Life is not just that which we are living, it is the accumulation of everything that has gone before us. It is all there for us to discover.”
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“Life is not just that which we are living, it’s also the accumulation of everything that has gone before us.”
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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

“If you can walk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a man my son.”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.--Ray Bradbury”
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“Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class. They came from Margaret Mitchell, from Anya Seton, from M.M. Kaye, and a host of other authors, in their crackly plastic library bindings. Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history’s illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities.”
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