John D. Lukacs, Author of Escape From Davao
John D. Lukacs

Writer, adventurer, historian and documentary filmmaker John D. Lukacs specializes in one-of-a-kind stories—the unusual, the unprecedented and the virtually unknown.

Recognized as a "gifted stylist and storyteller" and a "top-notch non-fiction writer," his work has appeared in USA TodayThe New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, World War II Magazine and on Lukacs has made numerous local and national television and radio appearances, including on ESPN and C-SPAN, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio.

A hands-on historian who enjoys forensic documentary research and believes that first-hand knowledge of a geographical location is essential to fashioning a riveting narrative, he has explored World War II battlefields and historic sites throughout both Europe and the Pacific, including: Attu, the Ardennes, Bastogne, Bataan, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden, Cabanatuan, Corregidor, Coral Sea, Dachau, Dutch Harbor, Fiji, Guadalcanal, Guam, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Iwo Jima, Kiska, Manila, Midway, the Maginot Line, the New Hebrides, Paris, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Rabaul, Reims, Saipan, the Siegfried Line, Singapore, Tarawa, Truk and Wake Island. 

A veterans' rights advocate and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, Lukacs received the 2011 Senator John Heinz Community Advocate Award from the Veterans Leadership Program of Pittsburgh.

A former resident of New York City’s famed Hotel Chelsea, Lukacs, 36, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.