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My Greek Drama: Life, Love, and One Woman's Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country Hardcover – May 8, 2013
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-- President Bill Clinton --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Other than that it has many funny moments, when she describes in detail her clothes and talks about he self.
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.
Nowhere in the book she apologizes for spending millions for first class tickets (for her self and family) buying overpriced scalptures , spending enormous money on things that was not even connected to the olympics. And after 10 years the money she "took" is gone (she dont work) so what to do? Write (or even better tell somebody 10 things and let him write a book for me) and sell it to people who actually dont know the real story (of course not by they fault).
Found a kindle version on kindle a read it.. And I was completly right about her. Only self esteem and ego above Greece and everthing else besides HER!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book is awful. I wonder if she is serious about the stuff she wrote.
I took it as a type of trolling. the book is a joke. and she is the joker.
All of the above, served with proper use of Engish.. I recall most of the words Gianna uses in her book, in my GRE verbal lessons.. so at least you will improve your English. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Athanasios Kiourtis
I think this is a fantastic story of a person with determination to do some good for her people and country. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by richard Pappas
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... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Rotta
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 morePublished on July 21, 2013 by PattiB
What a fantastic story of strength and determination!! Gianna managed to overcome so many obstacles in all aspects of her life to accomplish her goals. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Karyne Coven
It's practically impossible to put the book down (or the kindle, rather). Describes very accurately the flaws of the Greek political establishment and the reasons for the current... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by NK_NYC
The author first served Greece as an elected official, the second time she got the approval to have the Olympics in Athens, her third important service to Greece was as the... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by francie'skindle