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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 470 pages
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In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist "camps" inside the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, forty-one, defied the traditions of her small village and the terror of the communist insurgents to arrange for the escape of her three daughters and her son, Nicola. For that act, she was imprisoned, tortured, and executed in cold blood.

Nicholas Gage joined his father in Massachusetts at the age of nine and grew up to become a top New York Times investigative reporter, honing his skills with one thought in mind: to return to Greece and uncover the one story he cared about most: the story of his mother.

Eleni takes you into the heart a village destroyed in the name of ideals and into the soul of a truly heroic woman.

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Amazing story brilliantly researched and told. - Goodreads
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I had no idea that Greece had a civil war after WWII until I read Churchill's book Triumph and Tragedy. I mentioned this to Tom Katsouleas a swim buddy of Greek descent who recommended that I read ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Canford - Goodreads

An engrossing tale, even more so because it is true. The barbarity of those fighting stands in stark contrast to a mother's love and her determination to save her children being sent off behind ... Read full review



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About the author (1996)

Nicholas Gage, a native of Greece, lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

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