Fortune Favors the Bold

A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century

Theodore Modis

ibidem Press

Fortune Favors the Bold

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Pub Date: October 2018

ISBN: 9783838211978

372 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $24.95

Fortune Favors the Bold

A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century

Theodore Modis

ibidem Press

In the early twentieth century, a teenage Greek girl in Constantinople loses both her parents and, together with her younger sister, gets thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey. She ends up in a refugee camp in northern Greece. With determination she creates a life in her new country, becoming a teacher in a small mountain town near Greece’s northwestern borders with Albania and Yugoslavia. She meets and marries a young lawyer from a historic and tragic Macedonian family.

Her story extends through a century of war and peace and is peppered with likable characters, horrific events, and a love story. Among the protagonists are two strong women, a charming and indomitable man, and a smart but sickly kid. Now and again her drive, perseverance, and common sense will save the day and reward her with happiness, which nevertheless will come and go like interludes of sunshine in otherwise endlessly stormy weather.

The reader will also get candid and authentic glimpses on poorly known historical conflicts such as the Balkan Wars, the world’s greatest ethnic cleansing, the occupation loan that the Nazis exacted from Greece, the Greek Civil War, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and the dispute over the use of the name Macedonia.
A woman’s amazing life. Nicholas A. Gage, author of the best seller Eleni
A remarkable, moving, and informative story. A must read for anyone with an interest in Greece or simply in human nature. Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director, Center for Research and Technology Hellas
This fascinating family saga brought to life a region and events that I knew little about. I highly recommend it. Joe McMahon, author of The Face of God
This book offers readers an immersive experience, a chance to discover what life was like in Greece during much of the twentieth century through one woman's life. The Book Review Directory
A heartbreaking yet endearing look at the realities of war for one couple and their family, this novel proves the simple bonds of education and family are the strongest. It is a unique human-interest piece, showing everyday Greek life before, during, and after WWII. InD'tale Magazine

About the Author

Theodore Modis was born in Greece. At the age of eighteen he won a scholarship to study in the United States. He received a master's in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in physics, both from Columbia University. He carried out research in physics at BNL and CERN. Later he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as a management science consultant and ten years later he founded his own consulting company. He is author/coauthor of over one hundred articles in scientific and business journals and several books. He has on occasion taught at American and European universities. He lives in Lugano, Switzerland.