MY GREEK DRAMA Hardcover – 1 May 2013
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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
The author, as she herself explains, is seen with a lot of jealousy in Greece. As a result, when things were looking up for Greece in the mid-2000s (because of her very hard work and effort to organise the very successful Olympic Games in 2004) the feelings of pride, success and optimism about a better, more competitive Greece were universally felt. As soon as the downward spiral of the current crisis ensued, the Greeks, in a typical fashion that they don't like to be reminded of, started looking for scapegoats. Unfortunately, not only did they not capitalise on the enormous legacy the organisation of the Olympics left, but also started playing the blaming game and warfare against those who are saying the obvious: hard work, team spirit, consistency and assumption of own responsibility can turn the country around -and out of the crisis.
Gianna Angelopoulos's text is flowing, informative, amusing and full of tips on how to lead and inspire your country to succeed. Be tolerant when she refers to her expensive taste of clothes and jewellery (four stars are due to these very few references), as this is really not what the book is about.
I certainly admire her Olympic games achievements which I witnessed personally but I would be very wary of her otherwise.
And the second husband's very large fortune is never explained. Oh well that's Greek standards.
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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.
It is a very interesting read, to say the least. If nothing else, it gives an inside view of things we were watching so many years, without really knowing what was going on.
I will be the first to admit that I didn't know much about Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, not outside of yellowish journalism, that is. This book at least gives us her opinion... Which comes through as being quite honest.
She mentions names and situations, and so far no one came out to deny any of this...
At the end of he book, I really felt grateful for her services to our country. I also felt proud and honored to have "worked" under her administration. Even if I was just a volunteer/NOC driver at the olympic village.
The 2004 Games was a huge party for Athens, and I am glad that I was part of that. And as it becomes quite evident from the book, this wouldn't have been possible, had it not been for Mrs. Angelopoulos.
And this book tells the story about how and why....
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