The first major political biography of General Ioannis Metaxas, who assumed dictatorial power in Greece in 1936 and oversaw the resistance to the Italian invasion in the Second World War. As a political portrait of the man, the book puts much emphasis on the early career of Metaxas and his journey to state power, from 1920 to 1936. Drawing heavily on original Greek sources, the book makes extensive use of Metaxa's diary, his correspondence, and the evidence of his close friends and associates.
THE ANGLO-HELLENIC review - Autumn 1998
"Professor Vatikiotis" closely researched study of Metaxas seems likely to become the standard work on this highly controversial personality in Greek politics.
The Hellenic Journal - USA
"Drawing heavily on origional Greek sources, the book makes extensive use of Metaxas" diary, his correspondence, and the evidence of his close friends. As a result of his wartime leadership of the resistance, the author concludes, Metaxas must enter Greek history as a respected if unloved figure."
CHOICE - Sept 1998 - reviewed By EN Borza - Penn State University
"The book is a sensitive, balanced insight into the 20th-century social and political forces that have confused most foreigners and even a few Greeks."
The Spectator, 4/4/98
"Professor Vatikiotis … was an original perceptive, witty and often unorthodox interpreter of the political history of modern Greece. This last work on Greece as a "popular autocracy" is no exception.