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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.



“A female fighter-pilot during WWII?
Impossible!”

-US Navy Airforce Commander   Circa 1942. America’s WWII workhorse fighter-plane, the US built P39 Airacobra A few years back, I was aboard the celebrated World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, dry docked in San Diego, to celebrate the accomplishments of the US Naval Air Force in war. The guide stood in front... Learn More

“Ranks among the greatest books and stories about
World War II”

-Boris Sapunov, PhD., Hermitage Museum   One of the world’s great museums acknowledges the cultural importance of the groundbreaking book about the life and times of Russia’s greatest female flying hero. Ten years ago, I visited a little-known traveling exhibition called World War II though Russian Eyes, at a museum in San Diego,... Learn More

“Epic celebration of female accomplishment
in male-dominated societies”

- Voice of America, Washington D.C.   Ordinary child to Adolph Hitler’s worst public relations nightmare in less than 9 years There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books about female accomplishment under adverse conditions. Curiously, one of the greatest woman against-all-the-odds stories, has somehow been lost in time for more than 70 years. ... Learn More

I Colluded with the Russians.
Again, Again, and Again.

Ten years ago, life took an unexpected turn. I rather accidentally discovered that the world’s first fighter-pilot was a teenage girl named Lilia Litvyak from Moscow. After some secondary research, I realized her short life was an epic story of one woman’s accomplishments in a male-dominated society. Three years, four trips, and hundreds... Learn More

What do The Salad Oil King and Warren Buffet have in common?

Tino De Angelis (l) , AKA The Salad Oil King and zillionaire Warren Buffet (r) in their respective offices. THE ANSWER? They both made a killing with The American Express Company. But there was a DIFFERENCE… Tino built a $13 billion pre-internet scam that brought down two blueblood brokerages and halted trading on the... Learn More

DATE: May.06.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

A Writer’s Life. Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way.

My story is the same as so many authors, and yet quite different since I didn’t complete my first book until the age of 61. It’s ten years later, and I think I’ve learned a thing or two along the way, that might be worth a read. No. 1: KNOW WHO YOU ARE. When... Learn More

DATE: May.05.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books, My Life

First, the Godfather. Then, Wall Street. Now, The Salad Oil King.

“Fonso” Gravenese was Vito Corleone plus Gordon Gekko on steroids.  Unscrupulous yet loyal.  Violent yet romantic.  Greedy yet benevolent. An unassuming, bespeckled, high school dropout who swindles the U.S. Government and Wall Street to the tune of $13 billion. Based on real life events, read how Fonso graduates from childhood pranks to stealing millions of dollars of... Learn More

DATE: Apr.29.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

What do The Salad Oil King and Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko have in common?

Tino De Angelis (l) , AKA The Salad Oil King, and zillionaire Gordon Gekko (r) explain their respective investment strategies. THE ANSWER? Both men used inventive schemes to amass billions on the various stock exchanges. But there were differences… Gekko was a sophisticated, educated Wall Street inspired by real people and real events. Insider information... Learn More

DATE: Apr.22.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

What do The Salad Oil King and Robin Hood have in common?

Tino De Angelis (l) , AKA The Salad Oil King and the legendary Robin Hood (r) at their place of business THE ANSWER? The both robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. But there were distinct differences between the two men… There are no Robin Hood corporate books that recorded Robin’s gifting. So,... Learn More

DATE: Apr.15.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

Robin Hood stole from the rich, gave to the poor….

The Salad Oil King stole from the Government, gave to the kids….

The Salad Oil King loved to help kids ride bikes as much as he loved scamming the US government The legend of Robin Hood is well-know the world over. Although, it remains unclear whether Robin really existed—and, if he did, did he take “anything off the top for operating expenses.” By contrast, almost... Learn More

DATE: Apr.08.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books, My Life