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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Download and start listening now!