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A True Story of Combat, Heroism and Love in World War II by

Mitchell M. Topal

Edited by Katherine Ward

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1st Place Winner!

NFPW National Communications Contest, Nonfiction Books for Adult Readers

The Author

      Mitchell M. Topal has received numerous state and national communications awards for writing, graphic design, and media work. He currently serves as President of Delaware Press Association.

      Inspired by relatives who served in the US military, including his father, stepfather, and father-in-law, Mitch has long been a student of World War II history. Against All Odds: The Ray Firmani Story is his first book.

      In his free time, Mitch scuba dives, enjoys photography, and is an accomplished singer and guitarist.

     Click HERE to listen to our WDEL radio interview with Rick Jensen.

     Click HERE to watch our NBC10 TV interview.

     Click HERE to watch our Delaware Public Media interview.

     Click HERE to read our front page article in Sunday's Delaware State News.

Reader Reviews

Very refreshing to read a book that goes to the heart and soul of a real person, interweaving personal joys with tragic sorrows during the World War II era. Against All Odds - The Ray Firmani Story is based on true life events pulled from the memories of a man who survived to tell his story! Highly recommended.

Johnny Taylor,

Executive Director, Air Mobility Command Museum

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