By Leonidas Koumakis
“The Miracle – A true story”, a timeless book by Leonidas Koumakis, is a shocking testimony, based on the writer’s personal experiences, describing the uprooting of non-muslim populations from Constantinople and Anatolia. The book also addresses Turkey’s long-term expansive strategy against all its neighbors, methodically followed by all Turkish governments, after the Lausanne Treaty was signed on July 24, 1923.
“The Miracle – A true story” was first published between 1993 and 1996 in five consecutive editions (3 in Greek, 2 in English). Most of the 20,000 copies of the five editions were complimentary offered by the author to, among others:
6,000 school libraries throughout Greece, 1,200 Greek journalists, all the members of the Greek Parliament, all members of the Academy of Athens, the Metropolitans of the Church of Greece, the Greek Ambassadors and Consulates around the world, selected Hellenic Air Force units, important personalities of the Greek intellectual and social life, 626 members of the European Parliament, 439 members of the US Congress, 100 members of the US Senate, 653 members of the British Parliament, 575 members of the French Parliament, 591 members of the Canadian Federal Parliament, 223 members of the Federal Parliament of Australia, and more.
In 2008, fifteen years after its first edition, the fourth Greek edition of the book was released, with an introductory note by the Greek-American Byzantinologist and historian, Professor Spyros Vryonis Jr.
In 2019, the third English edition of the book is re-released on Amazon in paperback as well as in e-book (Kindle edition).
Amazon’s platform, the world’s largest bookstore, gives the opportunity to this timeless book on Turkish politics towards Hellenism and beyond, to reach politicians, diplomats, journalists, historians, students, scholars or ordinary readers, who can learn the truth “at first hand,” with an authentic recording of important events of the period 1955-1964, through the personal involvement and experiences of the writer.
“The Miracle – A true story” by Leonidas Koumakis is “necessary to be kept in every Greek house, as a sample of national heritage” (Vas. Portokalis, journalist, USA), but also a shocking and extremely useful testimony for anyone who is interested in the Greek-Turkish issues of the last century.
The highly critical, contemporary status of Greek-Turkish relations makes this book extremely current —although it has been written 25 years ago.
The book “The Miracle – A True Story” can be read in pdf format from the International Hellenic Association (IHA) library at no extra cost, from Amazon’s E-Book (at $ 2.40) or you can get a printed book available from Amazon (costing $ 10 plus shipping costs).