WASHINGTON, DC – Over 90 people packed the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC to celebrate the release of the book, “The Extraordinary Greek People: Their Remarkable Achievements and Philosophy for Living from Ancient Times to Today”.
In this book, according to a press release, Author Andy Manatos is joined by 60 of the most successful Hellenes led by the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, who submitted personal essays reflecting on how Hellenism has impacted their success.
The Ambassador of Greece to the US Alexandra Papadopoulou welcomed Members of Congress, Administration officials, Ambassadors and many community leaders in attendance, including: those featured in the book, such as Congressmen John Sarbanes and Chris Pappas; New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker, with wife Susan Glasser of The New Yorker; AHEPA Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas and Chef Maria Loi.
Others attending included: former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar; Ambassador of Australia to the US Arthur Sinodinos and former US Ambassador to Greece Tom Miller; both of our community’s federal judges Gregory Katsas (former Deputy Counsel to the President) and Eleni Roumel (former Deputy Counsel to the Vice President); former White House Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios and former Chief Speechwriter for President Clinton Paul Glastris; former President of American University Neil Kerwin and American Hellenic Institute President Nick Larigakis, among others.
This book, as Mr. Manatos notes, is “not only a story of the past, but also of the present – from the Golden Age of Greece to today. Filled with little known historical facts about Hellenism and the Greek people, anecdotes of what it means to be a Hellene, and an exploration of the unique Greek word `philotimo,’ or love of honor, that runs deep within every Hellene’s psyche”.