Faculty member set for virtual book talk hosted by Military Aviation Museum

August 02, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Boaz Dvir, Penn State assistant professor of journalism at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, will discuss the aviation aspects his latest book, “Saving Israel: The Unknown Story of Smuggling Weapons and Winning a Nation’s Independence,” during a virtual book talk at 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

The event is hosted by the Military Aviation Museum, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit here.

“This book is a must-have for anyone who loves aviation history,” Historic Wings magazine editor Thomas Van Hare wrote. “It is a masterwork of research, interviews, and first-hand accounts.”

“Saving Israel” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) follows “A Wing and a Prayer,” Dvir’s PBS documentary about World War II aviators who raced against the clock in 1948 to prevent what they viewed as an imminent second Holocaust. Television streaming services Roku and Plex recently added the hour-long film, which won Best Documentary at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, to their free-movie offerings.

In his Jerusalem Post review of “Saving Israel,” journalist Aaron Leibel noted that the “author did some world-class reporting.”

“How American Jews and others smuggled vital military supplies to the Jewish community in Palestine and later the Jewish state has never been told in such rich detail,” Leibel wrote. “Never before have readers gotten such an inside look at some very feisty — but also courageous and noble — characters, who changed the course of history.”

Last Updated June 02, 2021