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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (May 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608325814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608325818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

Great book and a fast read.
Karyne Coven
I think this is a fantastic story of a person with determination to do some good for her people and country.
richard Pappas
The author is a great story teller.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By muddyboy1 on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When one sits down to write and autobiography a person must have two things - a interesting story to tell and a bit of an over sized ego and Ms. Angelopoulos has both. Her claim to fame is that she was the driving force and architect behind bringing the 2004 Olympics to Athens, Greece. This was a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to her management and organization skills which were suburb. However, she doesn't flinch about throwing anyone who disagreed with her under the bus and apparently only made 1 or 2 wrong decisions from her youth to the present. (One is her first marriage) Also, there are dozens of color glossy photos of her and most with rich and famous people she met along the way emphasizing her importance. However, if you can get past her over sized ego it is a well written book and I learned a lot about her and Greek culture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By richard Pappas on August 17, 2013
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I think this is a fantastic story of a person with determination to do some good for her people and country.
She was determined to become a lawyer and get to a government position to do some good by overcoming many obstacles.She
has continued her dream by bringing world leaders together to share their experiences in the Harvard University program.
A must read for everyone with ambition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rotta on July 23, 2013
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The quest of one woman to bring glory to her country, despite the self-centered squabbles, backstabbing and betrayal of her political allies, is akin to the quests of all Greek gods: they are given the task and then beset with obstacles determined to make them fail. Gianna sets out on her journey, a target for all to bring down, and never falters. She rises above the ordinary to replace the bar of leadership to where it should belong; at the highest level of human worth: integrity - honesty - and in the honor of "my word". An incredible drama. Read it and learn the art of leadership and then make it count in your own private and meaningful life. As you begin your journey encourage yourself with the words,"I am the first volunteer, but I am not the last." Gianna Angelopoulos carried that torch into the stadium of life and her book speaks of that burning passion. Now let the bouzouki play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PattiB on July 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Just finished reading Gianna's book today; a great read and a passionate message that is right on point. She beckons the one team, one fight motto of American Business Women. Read it now and you'll definitely see the parallel with ABWA leaders. This is an ideal read for any woman's book club!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on June 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I received the Gianna Angelopoulos memoir, I wasn't ready for the size of the book, but jumped right in. As the author described her life from a young Greek girl to becoming a politician, I was hooked from the first paragraph. Her dream while growing up was to be an Ambassador, and her story details how this happened , with much happening between childhood and the Olympics bid.
Ms. Angelopoulos tells of her meeting her beloved husband, Theodore, and giving birth to her three children,. I enjoyed this part to her story, as it made the understanding and appreciation of her more available to me. She became reality, rather than a wealthy figure from the news. She writes with such honesty that this romantic and intimate portrait of her leveled the candor. I wanted to know more about her fascinating life as I read further and further, and further and further.

Being as passionate as she is about Greece, when called upon to lead the organizational committee for the Olympics,Ms Angelopoulos was able to use this passion to push the Greek Olympics bid into a winning bid. Giving credit to her husband and the thousands of volunteers who helped make the Athens event a memorable Olympics, the author was able to impress me with her generous attitude. Because a woman did this, I was challenged as to what can be done regardless of gender, using the passion one has for a cause.
The many photographs tell their own story and allowed me to put faces with names in her life account.
I recommend this to anyone who struggles with women's worth. Her love for what she believes in comes through on every page and the reader can learn from the book that we need only to try.
What a tremendous gift to a graduate or anyone wanting to be inspired to a higher level in their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Closet Book Freak on August 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for review and I was very excited to start on a new journey in my literary quest to try new genres. This memoir started off with the beginnings of a promising politician from Greece. Here Gianna Angelopoulos will share not only her story but the story of the struggles of a bankrupt country and their uphill battle to win back the summer Olympics.
We are given a bit of background on past generations eventually leading up to her entry into this world, and how she grew up as one of two daughters, going through her early childhood past her rebellious years wearing clothing and makeup that no parents would condone, all the way into her college years where she laid the foundation to what would eventually be a very challenging but successful career.
At first I was very interested in the story of a woman coming from humble beginnings, and working hard to some how achieve a dream that many would deem unreachable, but as the book moved on I could not help but lose interested with each page. Something was off about this work that I was not able to enjoy it as I did from the start.
Maybe it was the many times she mentioned her husband that used his wealth to move mountains in her Olympic campaign, or the countless times she mention specific people (mainly men) that went out of their way to make her work a much unneeded struggle.
Now I understand that what she has done is nothing short of amazing. But as a reader I could not help but be frustrated through the majority of the book.
This memoir is about a strong woman that did not run away when someone told her no, it shares a story about a woman that will be remembered as someone that achieved greatness for themselves and her country.
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