MADE IN POLAND: THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

REVIEWS

'In a world where there seems to be an overabundance of slanted and biased views on Polish history and an overabundance of the overlooked contributions of its people, Miltiades Varvounis giftedly possesses the cultural sensitivity and wherewithal with which he has managed to adeptly capture all the necessary historical, cultural, and educational elements essential to gather the very heart and soul contributions to the world of and by the best of the Polish nation.' 
- RIK FOX, Rock Star and founder of Suligowski's Regiment of Sobieski's Winged Hussars
 

'Miltiades Varvounis successfully weaves the epic sweep of Poland's history - a place of legends, a geographical fault-line, a mix of Latin and Byzantine civilizations, a territory marked by conflicts between East and West - with the intimate and personal biographies of the Polish people who have helped to shape the history of the world.'
- ANNA PACEWICZ, Chair of Kresy-Siberia Foundation
 
'In a world where philistinism and religious demagogy are on the rise, Miltiades Varvounis does an admirable job to make us familiar with a less-known, but equally great civilization.'
- CUMA BARAK, University of Gaziantep

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Tourists visiting Poland are taken to see Cracow, the nation's soul, where a new, humanistic civilization was created and from which it spread. Indeed, the role of the Polish people hasn't only been as the defenders of the West, but also as a pivot, a conduit by means of which ideas, knowledge, and technologies have moved through Europe and the world. This book is about the creativity and larger-than-life achievements of the daughters and sons of Poland.


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JAN SOBIESKI: THE KING WHO SAVED EUROPE

REVIEWS

'Miltiades Varvounis describes Sobieski’s personality and lasting accomplishments in an exciting and illuminating way that will captivate the imagination of every reader of History books, while, at the same time, bringing back to life a period of relentless struggles between Christianity and Islam that formed the ‘‘last chapter’’ of European chivalry.' - DR NICOLAOS NICOLOUDIS, King’s College London

'This masterpiece by Miltiades Varvounis not only brings to light a forgotten genius but also sheds light onto an important  part of the long turbulent Turkish history.' - CUMA BARAK,  University of Gaziantep  

'The author masterfully brings to light one of the most important personalities of the seventeenth century who was not only a great ruler and an astute military leader but who also changed the course of history by saving Europe from the Islamic onslaught.' - LITHUANIAN HERITAGE magazine

'A fascinating, thorough and very much needed biography of a leader whose name is virtually unknown outside of Eastern Europe. Varvounis describes Sobieski with just the right dose of historical detail and imagination - this is a work of history that reads like a work of fiction.' - EWA BRONOWICZ, The Post Eagle 

'I think this study of Jan Sobieski is first rate. The author has access to documents not translated into English, so there was much to learn. Jan III Sobieski was a true hero, and the author takes us back to a time when Christianity could have been erased from the European continent if it had not been for Sobieski and his selfless sacrifices. This is a very well written account of the king's times, adventures, challenges, and victories.' - J. VICTOR TOMASZEK,  Novelist                                                                            

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Jan Sobieski was one of the most extraordinary and visionary monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1674 until his death. He was a man of letters, an artistic person, a dedicated ruler but above all the greatest soldier of his time. Popular among his subjects, he won considerable fame for his decisive victory over the Ottomans at the walls of Vienna (1683). For defeating the Muslim invaders, Pope Innocent XI hailed Sobieski as the saviour of Christendom.

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KEMAL: THE FOUNDER OF MODERN TURKEY (In Greek)

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman and the first president of Turkey. He is credited of being the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in WWI, he led the Turkish National Movement  against the allies. Thanks to his military victories, modern Turkey was established, becoming a modern, westernised and secular nation-state. In 1981 his memory was honoured by the UN and UNESCO, which declared it 'The Ataturk Year in the World'.

 

IVAN THE TERRIBLE (In Greek)

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Ivan the Terrible was Tsar of Russia from 1533 until his death. His long reign saw the conquests of the Khanates of Astrakhan, Kazan and Siberia, transforming Russia into an empire and emerging regional power. He was described as intelligent and brutal, responsible for the death of thousands people including his son and heir Ivan Ivanovich.Today, there is a controversial movement in Russia campaigning in favour of granting sainthood to Ivan the Terrible. The Russian Orthodox Church  has opposed the idea.

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GREAT ADVENTURERS (In Greek, co-author)

BOOK DESCRIPTION

According to adventurer Andre Malraux, 'If a man is not ready to risk his life, where is his dignity?' This book deals with the lives of notable adventurers, among them, Pizarro, Cecil Rhodes and Konstantinos Gerakis to name but a few. These men proved that Helen Keller was right when she stated that 'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.'

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10 INFLUENTIAL FAMILIES OF GREECE (In Greek, co-author)

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This book sheds  light to the most influential  familIes of the 19th-20th centuries, which changed the course of Greece. Papandreou, Karamanlis, Benakis and other notable families are mentioned in this work, written by the most celebrated Greek historians.

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