New York, NY – The Greek community in New York gathered at the Greek Consulate last week to celebrate the release of the book, “The Extraordinary Greek People: Their Remarkable Achievements and Philosophy for Living from Ancient Times to Today.”
Author of the book Andy Manatos, explores the achievements of Greek people throughout history, highlighting stories of the past and the present. In the book, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America Elpidophoros introduces the personal essays of 60 successful Greeks, who reflect on how their Hellenic identity has contributed to their success.
Through personal anecdotes and historical facts on the Hellenic heritage, Manatos explores what it means to be Greek, the timeless values of Hellenism and Orthodoxy, and the “philotimo” or love of honor, a prominent trait of every Greek’s identity.
To celebrate the release of the book and its impact on the global Hellenic community, the Consul General of Greece in New York Dinos Konstantinou, along with his wife Myrsini, welcomed Greek-Americans in a book signing event.
In his remarks, Mr. Konstantinou characterized the book as a legacy that will preserve Greek history and values throughout generations, helping younger Greek-Americans get in touch with their heritage, according to an article by Hellenic News of America.
The media outlet also reported that Author Manatos, during his speech at the Consulate, emphasized how Hellenism is not an inherent trait, but rather an adopted system of values and culture.
The book-signing event in New York was attended by those featured in the book – John and Margo Catsimatidis, Philip Christopher, Nicholas Gage, Paulette Poulos and Athan Stephanopoulos – along with various Greek-American community leaders:
Archdiocese Chancellor Father Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, Leadership 100 Chairman Jim Logothetis, AHEPA Board Chair Nick Karacostas, PSEKA Alternate President Tasos (and Sharon) Zambas; Archon National Council Member Peter (and brother Michael) Kakoyiannis and fellow Archons John Louizos, Markos Marinakis, and Stavro Soussou, Capital Link President Nicolas Bornozis; Tsakos Energy Navigation CIO Dimitris Bertolis; Chairman of the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade John Vasiliou; National Herald Editor Vanessa Diamataris, GAEIS Board Chair Stelios Taketzis; Alma Bank Senior Advisor Nancy Papaioannou and Red Apple Group Senior VP Eftihia Pylarinou Piper.
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