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Athens - the Truth: Searching for Mános, Just Before the Bubble Burst by [Cade, David]
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Charmed for decades by the music of Oscar-winning Greek composer Mános Hadjidákis, David Cade explores Athens as news breaks at the end of 2009 that Greece is in serious financial difficulty. After years in the neighbouring Middle East, the author talks to Athenians, examines many of the city’s most extraordinary attractions, and carefully surveys key aspects of Greece’s modern history. The result is both a thrilling account of what makes Athens tick and a vivid explanation of why Greece is as it is today. Widely researched and full of fascinating detail, ‘Athens - The Truth’ offers both a gripping read for the armchair traveller at home and a rich alternative to the traveller’s traditional guidebook.

David Cade has worked in classical record production, universities, and theatre. He has an MA in Linguistics from the University of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4189 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Tales of Orpheus; Kindle Edition edition (26 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FI5OI46
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel Writing Done Right 7 April 2017
By David B. Gillespie - Published on
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I just finished David Cade's wonderful book about Athens. It passed the test of a great book as I was sorry to see it end. He is a wonderful writer and this book should be the standard model for all future travel writing. I recently returned from Greece and observed many of the contradictions Mr. Cade writes about. From the horrendous traffic, to the graffiti, to the litter everywhere, it was easy to be disappointed .And yet, I fell in love with the magnificent beauty of this country and its wonderful people. I hope Greece can get its many challenges in order. Thank you David Cade for this book about Athens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Greece on full display 20 December 2013
By Veritas Vincit - Published on
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I am a regular traveler, so reading books about capital cities and cultural oddities is quite normal for me. However, there is usually a choice made by an author, either to have a book be informational, historical, tourist-y, etc. It is difficult to explain the economic and social constructs that have been broken down in recent years, resulting in the modern day Athens you may see, while simultaneously explaining the political history of the nation and outlining the most important areas to see in terms of political history, all without sounding like a cheesy guidebook or a boring lecturer in an auditorium. That ability to blend his knowledge with practical applications for travelers or info-hounds alike is what made the book so good. He is clearly a passionate traveler and someone who knows how to "see". He keeps his eyes opens, draws connections, makes inferences, does his due diligence, and then creates a story that is relevant, packed with data, and historically/socially conscious. I have been to Athens, and seeing that city through Cade's eyes was remarkable. I want to go back and see if I can even get close to his experience of that wonderful place. A fascinating read for anyone, whether you backpack the globe or haven't ever left your county - it's a book about how the world has changed, a concept that everyone can understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever yearned for Athens .. and if you haven't. 11 December 2013
By Jay Mittener - Published on
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I have always been fascinated by Greece, specifically Athens, but have never had the pleasure of travelling there. David Cade has convinced me with his robust depictions that I must make the time and room in my life for such an exploration.

The voice and tone of the book is so unique because it's not like the usual travel guide per se. Although it's a work of non-fiction, it often has the feel of a novel, but one that takes you so thoroughly through Athens that you may feel like you don't even need the usual guidebook! These first hand perspectives and narratives are so beautiful that you will just completely fall in love with the culture, the street's, and the people of Athens. This is a real journey, a look at the past and the history of this great place, but in language of today and relations that are contemporary.

I'm very impressed with this book, I love history in general and this turned out to be a real education and a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about Athens 10 December 2013
By Crystal Lanham - Published on
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David Cade has done exceptional work in creating this book. Set out in the first person, and sometimes feeling almost like a novel, his chapters take you through much of the history of modern Greece. I've learned so much from this book, it has been unbelievable. If you're someone interested in Greece or even researching the history of Greece (both its past and modern history) you're likely to benefit greatly from this work. "Athens - The Truth" represents a 50-year journey on the part of the author and it's packed with information. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've waited for a book like this for 20 years! 28 October 2013
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I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down and really didn't want it to end.
I really loved the way it was structured and how it seamlessly intertwined the author's amazing story and uplifting experiences with Greece's history and culture, putting it all into today's context. Absolutely addictive!

The author has brilliantly captured and understood the heart, mind and soul of not only the Athenians but also of Greeks both in Greece and the diaspora.
As I said earlier I've waited for a book like this for 20 years! Thank you!

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