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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Greeks


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Alexandra Fiada was born and lives (as does 40% of the Greek nation) in Athens. She is unable to explain her unusually disciplined nature, but suggests her inquisitive, optimistic individualism is ample proof, if it was needed, that she is a true Greek. A passionate lover of Greek history, she became a newspaper addict at the age of five and has read avidly all forms of the printed word ever since. Fortunately this is a great advantage in her professional life - publishing. As editor of a number of magazines including International History Magazine and the Greek Reader's Digest, translator, and author of A Short History of Athens, assorted articles, scripts and documentaries she finds work her principal pleasure. But she claims she cannot function properly without copious cups of coffee, and far too many cigarettes which she defends on the grounds that if smoking doesn't get her first, the smog of Athens will. Meanwhile she plans for a dream house among the olive trees in the Greek countryside and a pension large enough to guarantee that her relations humour her every whim well into her dotage.


'This book is brilliant! I have read it countless times. Hits the nail on the head. For someone unfamiliar and open minded with Greece and the Greeks, this book is recommended. Being Greek, I must admit I have rediscovered myself in many of the sayings in the book and strangely enough, I have also learned a few things too. It's short, it's cheap, and very well written. A crash course to anything Greek!' -- Review from 'greek' 'Hilariously accurate. I got given this book as a present and having lived in Greece for a while now, I found this book to absolutely invaluable! I laughed so much as it really does sum up the Greeks and their wonderful mentality so perfectly. I have bought this for all my friends and it's a wonderful gift for those who know any Greeks!' -- Reviewer from Corfu, Greece 'This book is very well written. The author hits every part of the culture and its stereotypes with extreme accuracy. As a Greek who has lived in the U.S. for half of his life, the book had me reminiscing about my family and customs. A must read for any Greek, or someone married to a Greek.' -- Review from a Greek in the USA 'Being Greek and reading this book really made me laugh! Every word in it is absolutely true and the author presents everything in their true manner. Great book to read if you want to know how Greeks are.' -- Review from a Greek in London

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