The Enigma of Andreas Papandreou
Imprint: Potomac Books
184 Pages, 6 x 9 in
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- January 2021
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The unresolved dispute over how and by whom Greece should be governed parallels the equally unresolved issues between Papandreou and his estranged father, George. Andreas, who left Greece in 1940, became a naturalized American citizen and a twenty-year resident of the United States. In contrast, George was thoroughly Greek: a flamboyant, republican-leaning politician, a one-time prime minister, and a perennial leader of Greece's Liberal Party.
Stearns arrived in Athens as a diplomat in early 1958, in the thick of Greece's political turmoil. Over the next five years, he came to know first George Papandreou and then his son, Andreas. As neighbors in suburban Athens, as fellow Americans, and as like-minded critics of the problems still afflicting postwar Greece, Stearns and Andreas quickly established a warm friendship. Over the decades, however, that friendship was tested and frayed. Gifted Greek is a reflection on the Cold War era, on its impact on Greece, and on Andreas himself - whose dual nature had long fascinated the author and led to this account of their curiously entwined professional and personal lives.