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It took Lilia just 47 years to receive her just due!

Circa 1990. Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest military medal awarded by the USSR Thanks to the diligence of former military officer, and later curator of the Lilia Liyvyak Museum in tiny Krasny Luch, Ukraine, Valentina Vaschenko, Lt. Lilia Litvyak was posthumously named a hero of the Soviet Union by President Mikhail... Learn More

DATE: Jun.18.2021 | CATEGORY: My Books

Gone, but Not Forgotten!

Lilia’s crash site as it sits today in the middle of a barren field in the Eastern Ukraine. What Amazon readers are saying about Call Sign, White Lily. “Deeply recommended to anyone who cares about justice, freedom, and the gifts God has given women.” “The life story of a woman who most people have never... Learn More

I Colluded with the Russians!

Ten years ago, I became fascinated by the random lore surrounding Lilia Litvyak, a soft-spoken Moscow teenager, who somehow became the world’s first female fighter-pilot and Adolph Hitler’s worst public relations nightmare, at the age of 19. Lt. Lilia Litvyak, 1921-1943 Despite the fact that Lilia completed 268 missions, recorded 15 solo kills, assisted... Learn More

“Quite simply, lightning in a bottle”

- Retired U.S. Brigadier General   Lt. Lilia Litvak (1921-1943), 268 missions, 15 solo kills, 22 assists About ten years ago, I accidentally met a determined and beautiful young lady named Lilia Litvyak, who was in fact the world’s first female fighter-pilot. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became that... Learn More

“Hitler’s worst nightmare. A teenage femme fatale.”

- American Russian Cultural Foundation   Lt. Lilia Litvyak, 20, humiliates Hitler’s elite all-male Luftwaffe over Stalingrad Hitler believed invading the Russians during WWII and turning its citizens into cheap Nazi slave labor would be a “slam dunk.” And, so on June 22, 1941, Operation Barbarossa, the largest single military invasion in history of... Learn More

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

-US Navy Airforce Commander   Circa 1943. Lt. Lilia Litvyak, 21, boards her YAK-1 at an airfield field on the outskirts of Moscow 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... Learn More

“Deserves a special place among all the books and stories told about World War II.”

- Boris Sapunov Ph.D., Director, The Hermitage   The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, 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. About 15 years ago, I visited a little-known traveling exhibition called World War II though Russian... 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

Only In New York. Story #132.
Park Avenue Parachute

It’s Friday, January 31, 1975. I’m a hot-shot young senior manager for the Blueblood Madison Avenue Agency, Young & Rubicam, and just back from a V.I.P. trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit the banana plantations of our newest client, Chiquita brand bananas. I’m having my first meeting with Eli M. Black, the ... Learn More

DATE: Feb.11.2021 | CATEGORY: My Books

The Salad Oil King. Rip-off #38.
High School Dropout Brings American Express to its Knees.

Alfonso "Fonso" Gravenese's vegetable oil became a business darling on Wall Street. To add credibility, American Express Bank made numerous secured loans against the company's growing inventory. Unbeknownst to all but a few, Fonso AKA the Salad Oil King, the 128 tanks filled with inventory along the New Jersey Turnpike were 90 percent... Learn More

DATE: Feb.11.2021 | CATEGORY: My Books