A Member of The Arizona Authors Association; The Nonfiction Authors Association; Poets & Writers; Southern California Writers Association-SCWA; IMDbPro; The Independent Author Network, International Thriller Writers, Inc. and the Society of Southwestern Authors.

 About the Author

Mr. Nannini began his writing career by publishing a newspaper in the sixth grade. He charged 25 cents per school quarter for the privilege of reading the only hand-written copy of each edition. The newspaper was a modest success.

During his undergraduate years, he was a paid newspaper reporter and worked three semesters as the Research Assistant to journalism professor Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D. Nannini’s newspaper reporting paid for his senior year of undergrad.

Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His first novel, Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story, was well received and earned a “Best Thriller” award.

His second work, Left for Dead at Nijmegen, the True Story of an American Paratrooper (Casemate Publishers, Oxford, UK, and Philadelphia, PA) received plaudits from around the world, has been placed into the United States National Archives, and was named 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Sir Charles, Prince of Wales, owns a copy.

His third work, Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, the Capture of the Nazi who put Adolph Hitler into Power, will be released in the UK and EU on September 30, 2021, by Pen & Sword Books (United Kingdom) and late November 2021 in the USA and Canada.

Nannini’s following biography can be summed up in one sentence: From shoeshine boy in a foreign country where he doesn’t speak the language to construction magnate, real estate developer, international philanthropist, and benefactor to many.

Nannini is planning a Mystery/Thriller Series, commencing with Nine Men Down, The Silent Invasion of Oahu, followed by Geographic Treachery, The Shah’s Revenge, Vigorous Brutality, and more.

Mr. Nannini also authors stories for Military History Now online magazine, History Magazine, World War II History Magazine, and others.


Marcus Nannini’s first WW II nonfiction work, LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN, was awarded 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year, entered into the US National Archives and won 2020 Nonfiction Book of the Year-History.


Marcus Nannini speaking before a packed house at the Annual Convention of the Arizona American Legion, June 26, 2021.

“Told in the matter-of-fact tone of a college essay, the book is a page turner, full of coincidences, narrow escapes, and tension worthy of a Hollywood film. Left for Dead at Nijmegen is well worth the read.” Paul Garrett for Reedsy Discovery

“Some savvy screenplay writer will inevitably snag the rights to this one. The comic relief is already built into the suspense-driven plot. The story is just the right size for a movie in an industry struggling to break-away from comic book heroes into the genuine article.” Reviewed By: Casey Quyn, Manhattan Book Review of LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN.

“Gene Metcalfe’s detailed recollections are supplemented with photographs. This is an important biography worthy of inclusion in World War II themed collections. The book portrays military sacrifices and the reality of the struggle of POW as reported by a survivor.” AuthorsReading.com 5 star review.

“The author has researched and studied this subject in great depth, his knowledge and ability to engage and keep the interest of the reader is accomplished and proficient. Army Rumour Service, 20/06/2019 (United Kingdom)

WINNER OF The Independent Author Network 2020 Non-Fiction Book of the Year Awards:

WINNER, Non-Fiction/History:
Outstanding History-Non-Fiction:
Left for Dead at Nijmegen – Marcus A. Nannini

The Discovery of Troy and its Lost History – Bernard Jones
Spy Pilot – Francis Gary Powers Jr and Keith Dunnavant
All Present and Accounted For – Steven J. Craig
Liberty-Loving Lafayette – Dorothea Jensen
Tobacco, Trusts, and Trump – Jim Rumford


Overall Winner of the 2019 PenCraft Awards for Literary Achievement in a Nonfiction book. Left for Dead at Nijmegen is the PenCraft 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year.


AMAZON HAS LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN ON SALE TODAY https://www.amazon.com/Left-Dead-Nijmegen-American-Paratrooper/dp/1612006965


A“BESTSEL” in Holland, buy it here when in the Netherlands: https://www.athenaeum.nl/boek/?authortitle=nannini-marcus-a-/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen–9781612006963

The gentleman on the far left is Ray Mead, the man who left Gene for Dead at Nijmegen. They remain good friends. Yes, that’s me at the podium.

LINK TO THE TELEVISION COVERAGE OF THE SPECIAL US ARMY AWARDS CEREMONY RESULTING FROM THIS “RIVETING” BOOK: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/two-valley-veterans-honored-with-medals-75-years-later.

Link to Gene Metcalfe honored in Louisiana:


Follow me on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusANannini/

LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN, The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

You can also reach out to me through LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcus-a-nannini-65b949160/

“There are many stories about the American airborne in Market Garden; Gene’s story is unique and significant.” World War II History Magazine, April, 2020, Page 74.

IS YOUR LIFE STORY GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE A BOOK? If you believe so, drop me a note and we can discuss the possiblities. MarcusNannini@aol.com

Gene being congratulated by Sir Charles, Prince of Wales, a proud owner of a copy of Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

Walmart offers free in-store pickup. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Left-for-Dead-at-Nijmegen-The-True-Story-of-an-American-Paratrooper-in-World-War-II-9781612006963/657636622

 Description: The order to fall back had finally been given by Lieutenant Weaver. Gene, being in an advanced position, didn’t hear the order, stood his ground and continued to fire as fast as he could, having run out of hand-grenades. His best friend, Meade, positioned about 50 yards away on the other side of the road did hear the order and despite the darkness realized Gene wasn’t pulling back. Not wanting to leave his friend he decided he’d take a chance and charge across the roadway to let him know they were pulling out.

“Gene Metcalfe’s detailed recollections are supplemented with photographs. This is an important biography worthy of inclusion in World War II themed collections. The book portrays military sacrifices and the reality of the struggle of POW as reported by a survivor.” AuthorsReading.com 5 star review.

Just as Meade took his first step towards Gene’s position a shell from a German “Eighty-Eight” cannon exploded near Gene and threw his body high into the air, hitting the ground with an audible thump. Undaunted, Meade continued across the road dodging enemy fire the entire time and found Gene lying face-down. He rolled him over, noticed blood coming from his right ear and assumed the worst. Gene was left for dead at Nijmegen, the only member of the patrol who did not return.

Some time passed before Gene began to regain consciousness. His ears were ringing and he felt as if he was on a merry-go-round when he felt something poking him in the stomach. He opened his eyes and, to his horror, realized a member of the dreaded German “SS” was poking him with his rifle.

About an hour later Gene found himself standing between two hardened, machine gun toting fanatics of the “Reichsfuhrer SS” deep in the bowels of an ancient castle facing an interrogation by Heinrich Himmler himself. It was only the beginning of what would prove to be eight harrowing months under the thumb of the Nazi High Command as he would witness carnage, risk his life to save a severely wounded fellow paratrooper, suffer extreme deprivation, be used as slave labor, and eventually escape, only to be recaptured within sight of the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland.

Contact Information: Marcus A. Nannini. Email: MarcusNannini@aol.com. Twitter: @MarcusNannini. FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusANannini/   The Book:     https://chameleonsthebook.com/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen

A sampling of recent magazine articles by Mr. Nannini:

LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/09/17/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen-american-paratrooper-to-be-honoured-for-heroism-75-years-after-operation-market-garden/

BLUNDER OVER BELGIUM: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/12/09/blunder-over-belgium-was-a-botched-cargo-drop-to-the-82nd-airborne-in-the-ardennes-negligence-or-sabotage/

DINNER WITH HIMMLER: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/04/30/dinner-with-himmler-an-american-paratroopers-bizarre-encounter-with-one-of-the-third-reichs-top-officials/

The Literary Titan Book International Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Copyright Marcus A. Nannini, 2010-2021

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