Fortune Favors the Bold

A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century

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Fortune Favors the Bold
A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century
About the book


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.
The author

About the author

Theodore Modis was born in Florina, a small town in northwestern Greece. At the age of nineteen he won a full scholarship to study in the USA. He received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics, both from Columbia University, New York. He carried out research in particle-physics experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory and afterwards at CERN in Europe. Later he switched to the industry and worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as the head of a Management Science consultants group. Ten years later he founded his own consulting company, Growth Dynamics, in Geneva.

He is author/co-author to over one hundred articles in scientific and business journals and several books translated into a number of languages. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Geneva, the European business schools INSEAD and IMD, and the leadership school DUXX in Monterrey, Mexico. He lives in Lugano, Switzerland. For more info visit


“A woman’s amazing life”—Nicholas A. Gage, author of bestseller 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 20th 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

"This book could very well become an amazing television series as well as a movie."—Kostas Vakkas, movie director of Greek American Radicals: The Untold Story

"A wonderful book!"—Chris Ransford, author of God and the Mathematics of Infinity
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Theodore Modis
Number of pages 404
Language English
Publication date Oct 30, 2018
Weight (kg) 0.5250
ISBN-13 9783838211978