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U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling became a public figure in 2003 with his resignation letter to Colin Powell protesting the folly of U.S. Administration policy in Iraq. With a new MA in ancient history and archaeology at U.C. Berkeley, he joined the State Department in 1983. After service in Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Athens, Yerevan, and Washington, his final assignment was as chief of the Political Section at U.S. Embassy Athens from 2000-2003. He and his colleagues were watching closely when 17 November, the notorious terrorist group that murdered twenty-three people, including five of his U.S. mission colleagues, was rounded up in 2002. This book was begun in 2007 as a short handbook on Greek terrorism based on official accounts. It turned into a multi-year research project, an attempt to disentangle the lies and wishful thinking of Greek urban guerrillas and the people pursuing them. Fluent in ancient and modern Greek, Kiesling watched the 17N appeals trial, interviewed key participants, waded through masses of archival material, and used computer software and painstaking deduction to reconstruct the secret history of the Greek armed revolutionary movement. Greek Urban Warriors is the first in-depth analysis of the revolutionary counterculture that emerged from the armed resistance to the 1967-74 military dictatorship and has continued its existence in the Greek political landscape to this date . . . indispensable for anyone who wants to seriously study the last four decades of Greek history." - Mogens Pelt, Associate Professor, Saxo Institute, the University of Copenhagen
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