"Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A" Released

Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A. is a unique record of 63 famous individuals, each one in his/her field, who share not only a Greek heritage, but also the same passion to fulfill their ambitions.

This volume of 288 pages, will capture the readers attention with its colorful, candid portraits and the inspirational individuals that are portrayed within them. From scientists to actors, politicians to journalists, business people to artists, this careful selection provides insight into the lives of remarkable people who excelled through hard work and persistence. They are living proof of the “American Dream”, yet they have not forgotten their Greek roots.

Each person is portrayed in a four-page section with portrait and documentary photographs, along with biographical information, exclusively made for this edition.

Maria Yanna, who is the author of Portraits of Prominent Greeks in the U.S.A., travelled extensively throughout the United States between 2007-2009 and met with each of the 63 individuals in order to photograph and interview them.

The Foreword is written by Senator Olympia J. Snowe, and the Historical Matrix by Historian Speros Vryonis.

People portrayed in the book: Theoni Aldredge, Helene Alexopoulos, Kary Antholis, Stephen Antonakos, Theodore Antoniou, George Argyros, Andrew Athens, George Behrakis, Lily Haseotes Bentas, John Brademas, Sylvia Mathew Burwell, Plato Cacheris, John Calamos, John Catsimatidis, Chryssa, Peter Diamandis, Andreas Dracopoulos, Michael Dukakis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nicholas Gage, Sid Ganis, Peter Georgiopoulos, Jim Gianopulos, Elias Gyftopoulos, George Hatsopoulos, Matina Horner, Melina Kanakaredes, Christine Kondoleon, Costas Kondylis, Stamatios Krimigis, Ted Leonsis, George Lois, Dean Metropoulos, George Mitchell, Dimitri Nanopoulos, John Negroponte, Michel Negroponte, Nicholas Negroponte, Alexander Nehamas, John Pappajohn, Aristides Patrinos, George Pelecanos, Peter Peterson, Harry Mark Petrakis, Barbara Spyridon Pope, John Psarouthakis, Michael Psilakis, Gene Rossides, Paul Sarbanes, Olympia Snowe, Dean Spanos, Chris Spyrou, George Stephanopoulos, Dean Tavoularis, Taki Theodoracopulos, William Tragos, Angelo Tsakopoulos, Andreas Tzakis, Nia Vardalos, John Varvatos, Speros Vryonis, Ioannis Yannas, Nicholas Zervas.


  1. Ladies/Gentlemen:
    I would like to express my sincere congratulations to you for the unique service that your informative and diversified journal avails to all of us connected and interested in the Hellenic history,heritage and social evolytion in America.
    I am the founding Principal of the first and only Hellenic American High School in the USA and I would like to submit to you a brief article referring to the conception of the idea,its implementation and success.
    Would you be kind enough to let me know of the next step?
    Demosthenes Triantafillou
    19 Allison Rd
    Alpine, NJ 07620
    (201) 768-0161

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