My Greek Drama by Gianna Angelopoulos
Life, Love, and One Woman's Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country

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My Greek Drama goes beyond memoir. It is a wide-ranging, no-holds-barred exploration of political challenge, success, failure, betrayal and ultimate redemption.
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'From Crete to Athens and
Zurich to London, Gianna Angelopoulos has made a career of turning
ideas into action. In My Greek Drama, Gianna recounts her successes--as a
dedicated public servant, savior of the 2004 Olympic Games, and devoted
mother of three--and presents a useful guide for those who seek to
transform lives, organizations, and even nations.'' -- President Bill
Clinton

The world had doubted Greece's ability to successfully
stage the 2004 Olympic Games. In rescuing the Athens Olympics and
delivering what IOC President Jacques Rogge called an "unforgettable
dream games," Gianna Angelopoulos also delivered a new Greece, a modern
can-do nation, a Greece worthy of its illustrious heritage.

Little
did she know that a few years later her country would abandon the
lessons of the Olympics and become embroiled in a political and
economic crisis that would devastate Greece and threaten the economic
security of Europe.

In My Greek Drama, Gianna
Angelopoulos--known in her home country simply as ''Gianna''--has
written a memoir that is as much about Greece's journey as her own.

From
her childhood in Crete, to law school in Thessaloniki, to Athens,
where she overcame male-dominated legal and political cultures to help
redefine public service in Greece, Gianna worked her way into becoming
one of the most respected women in Greek public life.

Balancing
motherhood, business, and a place in the upper echelons of world
society, Gianna never lost her passion for public service and brought
the 2004 Olympic Games back from the brink of catastrophe.

Her
life, her Cinderella love story, and her intensity of will are equally
unforgettable. From stories of handing out basil seeds on the streets
of Athens to courting the world on behalf of her country, My Greek
Drama captures the burning ambition of the rebellious girl from the
island of Crete who ''lit'' the Olympic torch. Her story should help
rekindle the spirit of the Greek people, and of every person who has
ever struggled to change the world.
 

About Gianna Angelopoulos

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Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is an Olympic organizer, ambassador of the Greek state, lawyer, and former parliamentarian. In 1986, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki was elected to the Athens Municipal Council. In 1989, she was elected to parliament, and won reelection the following year. Following her marriage to Theodore Angelopoulos, Gianna resigned her seat in the Parliament to focus on family and business. In 1996, the prime minister of Greece appointed her to lead the country's successful campaign to host the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2000, when slow progress and gridlocked bureaucracy put Athens in danger of losing the Games, she was asked to assume the presidency of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee and save the project. Today, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki serves as vice-chairman of the Dean's Council of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is a supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative, a leading philanthropist for projects in Greece and around the globe, and a proud parent of three grown children.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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