Posted: 18 Aug 2010 Print Send a link
Casemate Publishing press release, 16 August 2010: "Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany by Richard Lucas, the first fully-documented biography of the notorious World War II broadcaster, will be published on October 19, 2010. One of the most notorious Americans of the twentieth century was a failed Broadway actress turned radio announcer named Mildred Gillars (1900–1988), better known to American GIs as 'Axis Sally.' Despite the richness of her life story, there has never been a full-length biography of the ambitious, star-struck Ohio girl who evolved into a reviled disseminator of Nazi propaganda. Her 1949 trial for treason captured the attention and raw emotion of a nation fresh from the horrors of the Second World War. Her 12-year imprisonment and life on parole is a remarkable story of a woman who attempts to rebuild her life in the country she betrayed. Author Richard Lucas is a graduate of Hamilton College, Clinton, NY and Binghamton University, Binghamton NY. He is a freelance writer and lifelong shortwave radio enthusiast." See also blurb at Casemate Publishing website. An excellent book on the subject is John Carver Edwards, Berling Calling: American Broadcasters in Service to the Third Reich, Praeger 1991.