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Nicholas Gage (born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis; Greek: Νίκόλαος Γκατζογιάννης; July 23, 1939) is a Greek-born American author and investigative journalist.

Early lifeEdit

Gage was born in the village of Lia in Filiates, Thesprotia, Epirus, Greece.[1]


He is most known for two books of autobiographical memoirs, the best-selling Eleni (1983) and A Place for Us (1989). Eleni describes the life of his family in Greece during the Second World War and Greek Civil War. Gage’s mother, Eleni, was executed for arranging the escape of her children from their Communist-occupied village. Decades later, as an adult, Gage sought out those responsible for her death.

A Place for Us relates the Gage family’s experiences as immigrants in 1950s America in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1964, Gage earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[1]

In 1985, Eleni was made into a feature film starring John Malkovich as Gage. In 1987, Eleni was cited by Ronald Reagan as an inspiration for his summit meetings to end the arms race with the Soviet Union.

Eleni has been lauded with many reviews; "If Eleni were fiction, it would bear the mark of genius...a devoted and brilliant achievement." __ The New York Review of Books

"A story assigned by fate... minutely observed and eloquently rendered.' __ The New York Times Book Review

"This Greek tragedy in its most poignant sense, a series of adversities that is so overwhelming and appalling that the reader will feel as if his heart is being torn out, page by page." __ San Diego Union

"Her life and death glow with dignity and humanity...Through Eleni's love and sacrifices for her children, we glimpse a more profound reality that rises avove the shameful record of brutality and inquisition inflicted by men upon other men and women in the name of causes and crusades. All of their legions and philosophies are not this woman's soul." __ Chicago Tribune

Gage first achieved fame as an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His acclaimed coverage of the Mafia led to two best-selling books: The Mafia Is Not An Equal Opportunity Employer and Mafia, U.S.A.

He was also instrumental in exposing corruption in the past of Vice President Spiro Agnew, which led to Agnew’s resignation. During the Watergate scandal, Gage was the first reporter to hear any of the Nixon tapes. His experiences as a reporter were the basis for the 1977 CBS television show The Andros Targets.

Gage was an Executive Producer of The Godfather Part III, co-writing an early draft of the script with Mario Puzo. The movie was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards.

His book Eleni, which has been translated into 32 languages, was awarded first prize by the Royal Society of Literature of Great Britain and was nominated in the category of best biography by the National Book Critics Circle.[2]

His most recent book is Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristole Onassis, an account of the relationship between Aristotle Onassis and opera singer Maria Callas, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2000.

Gage is the honorary President of the WORLD of EPIROTES and a recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence. He continues to speak throughout the world and writes for such publications as The New York Times and Vanity Fair.

Personal lifeEdit

Gage and his wife, Joan, live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He is the father of three children: Christos, Eleni, and Marina.[2]

List of published worksEdit


  • EleniISBN 978-0-345-41043-6;
  • A Place for UsISBN 978-1-886284-73-9;
  • The Bourlotas fortuneISBN 978-0-552-10473-9;
  • Hellas: A Portrait of GreeceISBN 978-0-00-272278-0;
  • Greece: Land of LightISBN 978-0-8212-2524-0;
  • Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle OnassisISBN 978-0-446-61076-6.
  • The Teacher Who Changed My Life

Magazine articlesEdit


  1. ^ a b Nicholas Gage. A City of Words. The Worcester Writers Project. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Nicholas Gage". Hellenic Communication Service, LLC. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Last Onassis", Vanity Fair, May 2005 issue

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