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Fortune Favors the Bold

"A woman's amazing life"
Nicholas A. Gage, author of bestseller Eleni

“A remarkable, moving, and
informative story. A must read for anyone with an interest in Greece or simply in human nature.”
Athanasios Konstandopoulos,
Chairman of the Board and
Managing Director, Center for
Research and Technology Hellas

Fortune Favors the Bold - A Woman's Odyssey through a Turbulent Century, published by ibidem Press on October 30, 2018, 404 pages.

This is a personal account of true events and real people.

In early 20th century, a young teenage Greek girl in Constantinople loses both her parents and, together with her younger sister, gets thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey. She ends up in a refugee camp in northern Greece. With determination she creates a life in her new country, becoming a teacher in a small mountain town near Greece's northwestern boarders with Albania and Yugoslavia. She meets and marries a young lawyer from a historic and tragic Macedonian family. Her story extends through a century of war and peace and is peppered with likeable characters, horrific events, and a love story. Among the protagonists are two strong women, a charming and indomitable man, and a smart but sickly kid. Now and again her drive, perseverance, and common sense will save the day and reward her with happiness, which nevertheless will come and go like sunshine interludes in an endlessly stormy weather.

The reader will also get candid and authentic glimpses on poorly known historical conflicts such as the Balkan Wars, the world's greatest ethnic cleansing, the occupation loan that the Nazis exacted from Greece, the Greek Civil War, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and the dispute over the use of the name Macedonia.

“This fascinating family saga brought to life a region and events that I knew little about. I highly recommend it.”
Joe McMahon, author of The Face of God

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The book can be obtained from:

Amazon (USA); Amazon (UK); Goodreads; Columbia University Press; ibidem Press (Germany); and least expensive at the Book Depository with 10% off and free (slow) shipping worldwide.

Historical documents:

Open here a PDF file with pictures related to the book's story; use the password given in the last paragraph of "A Note from the Author" in the book.

Video of Churchil on Greeks fighting Italians; mentioned on Page 196 in the book.

Folkloric grassroots song about the assassination of Theodoros Modis; mentioned on Pages 49 and 354 in the book.

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