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Alexander Kosarev was born in Moscow and did his military service in Kamchatka and Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. He later graduated from the Mendeleev Chemistry and Technology University. His travels around the world inspired him to write many adventure novels; he is also a recognized authority on treasures buried during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Kosarev is the author of many books, including four children books, historical non-fiction, and adventure stories. Cardboard Stars is his memoir of the Vietnam War.