The Rape of Greece: The King, the Colonels and the Resistance - Peter MurtaghLondon, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore & Toronto: Simon & Schuster, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages gently age-tanned with light spotting to the blanks and pastedowns.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: “IN the early hours of 21 April 1967, Greece, the birthplace of democracy, became the home of the most repressive military dictatorship seen in Europe since the end of the Second World War. A junta of army colonels espousing extreme right-wing views seized power, outlawed political parties and began a seven-year reign of terror.
The Rape of Greece is about democracy betrayed. In laying bare the atrocities of the colonels’ regime, it reveals how this small European country became a pawn in the Cold War ideological battleground, and how agents of the Central Intelligence Agency sought to control Greek politics through their infiltration of the Greek royal family and armed forces.
But The Rape of Greece is also about people fighting back and ultimately winning. When the tanks of the neo-fascist junta rolled through the streets of Athens in 1967, resistance was not far behind. Here is the story of one resistance group, Democratic Defence, its leaders under siege in Athens and their foreign helpers. In the face of a brutal dictatorship that tortured its victims at will, this motley group of men and women — from England, France, Germany, Scandinavia and America — tirelessly smuggled resistance activists out of Greece and bombs and propaganda in. Their astonishing story of bravery and commitment, failures and triumphs, appears here for the first time in print.
Peter Murtagh, who spent five years researching and writing the book, combines the analytical insight of an award-winning investigative journalist with the narrative drive of a natural storyteller. Filled with political intrigue, adventure and larger-than-life characters, The Rape of Greece is a startling and compelling read, and an important chronicle of modern history.”