Saturday, March 9, 2019

Book Review: 'Fortune Favors the Bold: A Woman’s Odyssey through a Turbulent Century' by Theodore Modis

Fortune Favors the Bold by Theodore Modis

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. 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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