World War I left its impression on many people and many nations. Lives were lost, economies were altered and women's roles were changed as workforces had to adapt. The consequences of international fighting is endless, but as much as it set forth gross change, it also paved an opening for innovations and new trends. John Carter, unable to physically serve in the war, remained at home in the UK as a temporary head of an industrial company and as the owner of a timber supply business. With the need for men at the front, John experiences woes of a different kind, employing women, searching for qualified help and expanding and converting the industry to suit the demands of war materials. Hunger, illness and heartache strike time and again, but instead of only loss and utmost destruction, The Opportunist shows the tale of one man's success at home in the darkest of times.
The author worked in universities for a number of years before becoming a successful businessman providing advice to businesses throughout the UK on employment and HR issues. For many years he was a magistrate in Shropshire and latterly a judge in the family courts. He is now retired, enjoying family life.
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