Warren native Timothy M. Gay, a 1972 graduate of Warren Area High School, will discuss his latest World War II book at a Warren Library event open to the public on Friday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. Gay will explore the saga surrounding "Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines," his second book on World War II history and fourth book overall.
"Savage Will" tells the true story of 30 U.S. nurses, medics, and airmen trapped behind enemy lines for more than two months when their medical transport plane crashed in the mountains of Nazi-occupied Albania. Harbored by Partisan resistance fighters, the group braved German patrols, hostile guerillas, and brutal winter weather before finally being rescued by Allied intelligence operatives.
World War II historian Marcus Brotherton called "Savage will" Argo meets Ernest Shackleton during WW II's darkest days. Gay unearthed the Albanian escape episode while researching "Assignment to Hell," his 2012 book about five great U.S. WW II correspondents. "Assignment to Hell" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Bancroft Medal, and an American Book Award.
Author Timothy Gay
Pre-registrations, as a courtesy to Gay, will be accepted by calling the library at 723-4650. This event will be held in the Slater Room on the third floor of the library. Refreshments will be served.