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She loses both her parents and is left with her younger sister to survive It is early 20th century Greece. Theodosia, a teenage girl and her younger sister, lose their parents in Constantinople and are thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey.They arrive at a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where their choice is to perish or to use the reso She loses both her parents and is left with her younger sister to survive It is early 20th century Greece. Theodosia, a teenage girl and her younger sister, lose their parents in Constantinople and are thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey.They arrive at a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where their choice is to perish or to use the resources at hand in order to survive.Despite all the difficulties they encounter, the sisters decide not to give up, and fight for a better life.Theodosia’s story carries on throughout a century of war and peace, invasions and political disputes and is peppered with horrific events, likeable characters and a great love story.


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She loses both her parents and is left with her younger sister to survive It is early 20th century Greece. Theodosia, a teenage girl and her younger sister, lose their parents in Constantinople and are thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey.They arrive at a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where their choice is to perish or to use the reso She loses both her parents and is left with her younger sister to survive It is early 20th century Greece. Theodosia, a teenage girl and her younger sister, lose their parents in Constantinople and are thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey.They arrive at a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where their choice is to perish or to use the resources at hand in order to survive.Despite all the difficulties they encounter, the sisters decide not to give up, and fight for a better life.Theodosia’s story carries on throughout a century of war and peace, invasions and political disputes and is peppered with horrific events, likeable characters and a great love story.

30 review for Fortune Favors the Bold: A Woman’s Odyssey Through A Turbulent Century (Historical Biography)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Mitchell

    A moving tale of a girl growing up through the wars. And what she and her last remaining sibling will go through between Greece and Turkey in the early 20th century. The tale may be a bit long, but will keep you hooked all the way to the end. Loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    A fresh view of Greece’s struggles Greek born Theodore Modis earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University, New York and first carried out research in particle-physics experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory and afterward at CERN in Europe, then worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as the head of a Management Science consultants group. He founded the consulting company, Growth Dynamics, in Geneva. He has taught at Columbia University, A fresh view of Greece’s struggles Greek born Theodore Modis earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University, New York and first carried out research in particle-physics experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory and afterward at CERN in Europe, then worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as the head of a Management Science consultants group. He founded the consulting company, Growth Dynamics, in Geneva. 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. Theodore has won fame for his expertise in S-curves and his vehement criticism of the Singularity concept. He now lives in Switzerland. While there are many books that are base on the before and after effects of World War II few have explored the impact on Grecian families in the skillful manner that is present throughout this sensitive novel. Theodore Modis has lived in Greece and absorbed the history of that country as the families and all people’s experienced the peculiar horrors WW II had on that country and the surrounding countries - 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 more. He weaves this into a novel that is not only compelling but also a source of reality testing for those who are unfamiliar with those struggles. The summary distills the content well: ‘It is early 20th century Greece. Theodosia, a teenage girl and her younger sister, lose their parents in Constantinople and are thrown into a massive population exchange between Greece and Turkey. They arrive at a refugee camp in Northern Greece, where their choice is to perish or to use the resources at hand in order to survive. Despite all the difficulties they encounter, the sisters decide not to give up, and fight for a better life. Theodosia’s story carries on throughout a century of war and peace, invasions and political disputes and is peppered with horrific events, likeable characters and a great love story.’ So dramatic is this tale that is pleads adaptation into a film. The world knows so little of these struggles and Theodore makes them real by placing the line of thought into the character of an extraordinary woman who survived. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Fortune Favors the Bold: A Woman’s Odyssey Through a Turbulent Century: A Woman’s Survival Story: World War II Survivor Memoir Book 6 is by Theodore Modis. Theodore is the son of the woman whom this book is about. He took her unpublished memoir, unpublished letters from her husband, interviews with his Mother and other relatives, friends, and acquaintances, as well as the recollections of his sister and himself and with some additional research, created this biography of his Mother. The people, Fortune Favors the Bold: A Woman’s Odyssey Through a Turbulent Century: A Woman’s Survival Story: World War II Survivor Memoir Book 6 is by Theodore Modis. Theodore is the son of the woman whom this book is about. He took her unpublished memoir, unpublished letters from her husband, interviews with his Mother and other relatives, friends, and acquaintances, as well as the recollections of his sister and himself and with some additional research, created this biography of his Mother. The people, places, and events happened and then he adds historical information on the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish wars, World War II, and all the turbulence since then. This is added in the chapters in shaded sections so you can easily distinguish it from her story. The story takes us from Theosoisa’s birth in Constantinople in 1908 to her death in . With the suicide of her Father in 1921, she has to figure out her future by herself. She becomes a teacher and teaches in small schools around Florina for many years. Her life is lived out near Florina with her husband and eventually her children. She lived a very unusual life. Her husband built her a beautiful house; but her Mother-in-law lives in it and she lives in a different house. She and her husband spent one week here as husband and wife and that was when her Mother-in-law was gone. Her life takes many turns as she lived through World War I, World War II, and several other minor wars and altercations. Her son takes us through her live and shows us her courage and ingenuity as well as her faith as she goes through such tribulations. The book seems long due to some lengthy and sometimes boring sections. However, overall, it is very good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jr Kumar

    Greek story Well written with minute details about day to day life. Interest to read about life of a Greek family .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A very good read especially if you have an interest in Greece and it History

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