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Surprise! Russia thanks America for secretly building 185 huge, state-of-the-art warplanes in Philadelphia…under budget and ahead of schedule

During the 18-month mission, 2,000 American workers designed and manufactured 185 of the world’s largest amphibious warplanes — ahead of schedule — at the U.S. Naval Factory in Philadelphia.


San Francisco Book Review gives Project Zebra 4 stars

"A history book that keeps your attention from cover to cover. Reads like a grandfather telling a story with incredible visuals no less."

Literate Solution for Last Minute Christmas Shoppers?

Reader lovers booksite,, says The Salad Oil King and Project Zebra, make great gifts for the holiday season.

Holiday Gifts Anyone?

Reader lovers booksite,, says The Salad Oil King and Project Zebra, make great gifts for the holiday season.

New book reveals Truman rejected the Medal of Honor for 11 U.S. Navy officers who secretly trained 300 Soviet airmen in North Carolina

The little-known but important top-secret Russian-American World War Two military mission called Project Zebra was officially declassified in 2013.


After 71 years, the story of Roosevelt and Stalin’s top-secret mission in America is told

The entire story is meticulously chronicled for the first time in the new book, Project Zebra.

Mayor of Elizabeth City, NC Endorses Project Zebra

"I am encouraged by this show of brotherhood and willingness of our countries to work together at that time to defeat a very real evil."

Manhattan Book Review gives “Project Zebra” 4.5 stars

"It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, representing an incredible wealth of research and work that has clearly gone into the writing process.  Here’s a sense of wonder and optimism that practically infuses the book."

The Eurasia Center Endorses Project Zebra

"Project Zebra is a monumental book revealing the courageous collaboration between Soviets and Americans..."

American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation Endorses Project Zebra

"The Foundation salutes Mr. Crisci for bringing this important episode in the history of US-Russian cooperation to the public's eye."


Deceased Russian and American commanders of top-secret, World War II mission, Project Zebra, to participate in Ghost Walk

“Much about Project Zebra has been lost in time, since the mission remained top-secret until early 2013...”

Project Zebra commanders to haunt Ghost Walk

Deceased Russian and American commanders of the top-secret, World War II mission “Project Zebra” will be among the ghosts haunting this year's Historic Ghost Walk.

JULY 2017

Mathew G. Crisci Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who

Mathew G. Crisci receives lifetime achievement award for business, literary and social contributions

MARCH 2017

M.G.Crisci Featured on the “The Satirist”

M.G.Crisci's play, "Donny and Vladdy" is featured on The Satirist, America's Most Critical Journal


Amazon recommends new 5th edition of Call Sign White Lily

The 5th edition of Call Sign White Lily is available on Amazon!


America’s Biggest Financial Scam Revisited….63 Years Later

San Francisco Literary Review calls it, "A classic tale of American crime, told by a master storyteller."

JULY 2016

Project Zebra featured in article on

Secret mission in EC is topic of upcoming 'Project Zebra'

JUNE 2016

The San Francisco Book Review Gives Salad Oil King 5 star

The story of Alfonso “Fonso” Gravanese has all the elements needed to be a classic tale of American crime, and it spins out from a master storyteller.


MosFilms, Russia’s oldest and most successful film studio, has agreed to co-produce M.G.Crisci novel

New movie about a Russian teenage war hero links two countries at odds; a best-selling American writer and an award-winning Russian writer-director, and one of the world’s leading production studios.

MARCH 2015

M.G.Crisci is on Davidzon Radio!

American Author, Businessman & Cultural Activist, M.G. Crisci, speaks from the heart to Russian radio listeners around the world. (Part 1)


Two respected Americans meet with rising-star Russian diplomat in D.C.

Parties discuss the use of non-political, cross-cultural initiatives to reduce tensions.


M.G.Crisci is interviewed by RUSSIA NOW TV Network

American M. G. Crisci discusses the “How and Why” of his best-selling book, Call Sign, White Lily at the American Center in Moscow, Library for Foreign Literature


M. G.Crisci discusses books, spies and lies with the RUSSIA NOW TV Network.

American author and cultural activist, M. G. Crisci speaks with Russia Now at the American Center for Democracy, Moscow

JULY 2014

M.G. Crisci shares his transition from author to cultural advocate for greater Russian–American trust

“How and why did American author, M.G. Crisci, write a book about the most decorated female flying ace in Soviet history?”

M.G. Crisci shares his controversial views about the future of Russian-American relations on Russian Radio Station WSNR

Why was radio host moved to tears by the emotional story of 19 year-old Russian female flying ace, Lilya Litvyak?


Best-selling author calls for elimination of Russian cultural stereotypes

Encourages the Press, Politicians, Hollywood and TV leaders to join

M.G. Crisci shares his thoughts on Russia with Voice of America and the world in this exclusive interview

In his new book, Seven Days in Russia, the author tries to break the stereotypes and clichés by which many ordinary Americans still imagine Russians as bears with a balalaika and a bottle of vodka.


M.G. Crisci, surprises a Russian community with optimism for improved communications between the two nations.

An award-winning American with no Russian ancestry recently “invaded” Brighton Beach, New York, home of the largest Russian American community in the United States.

M.G. Crisci speaks at the American Center for Democracy and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow

Best-selling American author and cultural activist M.G. Crisci, calls non-political understanding critical ingredient in mutual trust during talks at the American Center for Democracy and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Russian Cultural Center (Rossotrudnichestvo) in Moscow hosts best-selling American author and cultural activist, M.G. Crisci.

Discussion focus: how improved cultural understandings can lead to increased trust between the two world powers

M.G. Crisci, receives Defense Attaché Medal at the US Embassy, Moscow, for American-Russian cross cultural accomplishments.

How does the son of Italian American immigrants wind up receiving the Defense Attaché Medal of accomplishment at the United States Embassy in Moscow?

M.G. Crisci wins Russian Cultural Award

M.G. Crisci will be honored for Russian-American cultural contributions, along with three Russian dignitaries, at the annual Friends of Russia Board of Governors dinner on July 31 on Gibson Island.


M.G. Crisci launches Russian speaking tour. Advocates deeper understanding between Russians and Americans

Author Matt Crisci returns to Moscow next week to speak at the American Center’s Library for Foreign Literature and the U.S. Embassy about his bestseller Call Sign, White Lily and the need for Russians and Americans to better understand each other.

7 Days in Russia presents an old adversary in a new light

Bestselling Author M.G. Crisci Offers Rare Glimpse of Russia in Transition

M.G. Crisci honored by Russian Cultural Centre

Author and Businessman Cited for Cultural Contributions


San Francisco Book Review gives “This Little Piggy” 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This is no light-hearted read, but it is full of intense warnings and delicious schadenfreude. This is a tragedy in the classic sense, and it is exquisite.


San Francisco Book Review gives “7 Days in Russia” 5 out of 5 stars.

"If you never considered a trip to Russia, you’ll be really tempted after reading 7 days in Russia. This is a fascinating travelogue by M. G. Crisci. "

JUNE 2013

Call Sign, White Lily author calls for East-West trust

Encourages Non‐Political Dialogue and Understanding

Call Sign, White Lily honors heroine Lilia Litvyak on the 70th anniversary of her death

The new edition of  bestseller Call Sign, White Lily marks the 70th anniversary of the death of the world’s first female ace,  Russian pilot Lilia Litvyak

Call Sign, White Lily re-Issued with enhanced content

Edition Marks The 70th Anniversary of the Death of Lilia Litvyak— The World’s First Female Ace


“Indiscretion” gets 4 stars from the San Francisco Book Review

If you want a fun, twisty mystery for travel during the holidays, I highly suggest it.


American Author Awarded Grand Prize for Editorial Excellence in Rossiyskaya Gazeta International Contest

"One American's view of everday Russian Life" based on observations during this development of the critically-acclaimed book, "Call Sign White Lily"

JULY 2012

San Francisco Book Review calls “Rise and Fall of Mary Jackson Peale” one of 10 best books this year!

"Thank you M.G. Crisci for reminding me not to just a book by it's cover. Glad I didn't miss this gem!"

MAY 2012

M.G. Crisci’s speaks at the United Nations Book Club

One-Day-Only in New York City. An entertaining afternoon for friends and guests of the United Nations.

MARCH 2012

“Call Sign, White Lily” appears in the San Francisco Book Review’s March Issue!

The reader will be rewarded with a magnificent tale of patriotic integrity and characters that must be admired...