In 1940, with German U-boats blockading all commerce across the Atlantic Ocean, a fireball at the Crown Cork and Seal factory lit the sky over Baltimore. The newspapers said that you could see its glow from Philadelphia. Rumors of Nazi sabotage led to an FBI investigation and pulled an entire industry into the national security web as America stood on the brink of war.
Join us for the release of the new book CORK WARS: INTRIGUE AND INDUSTRY IN WORLD WAR II in the Creative Alliance Marquee Lounge! Author David Taylor will present his new book joined by Kiley Kraskousas (director FlowState Films) and Amy Johanson (film researcher), who helped to create several short films to accompany the book.
Featured Short Films
Cork Wars: Melchor Marsa's Story
Enemy Alien: Italian-American in Baltimore
When Cork Was Modern
Lessons in Chess and Business
Meet the Author of Cork Wars
Synopsis of Cork Wars
Cork Wars traces this fascinating story through the lives of three men and their families, who were all drawn into this dangerous intersection of enterprise and espionage. At the heart of this tale is self-made mogul Charles McManus, son of Irish immigrants, who grew up on Baltimore’s rough streets. McManus ran Crown Cork and Seal, a company that manufactured everything from bottle caps to oil-tight gaskets for fighter planes. Frank DiCara, as a teenager growing up in Highlandtown, watched from his bedroom window as the fire blazed at the factory. Soon he would feel pressure to support his family after his father’s death and find a wartime factory job. Meanwhile, Melchor Marsa, Catalan by birth, managed Crown Cork and Seal’s plants in Spain and Portugal—and was perfectly placed to be recruited as a spy.
Cork Wars is published by JHU Press.
SAT JAN 26 | 4PM | Marquee Lounge | FREE!