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Three Hellene Cypriots by Andreas Antoniou Melas tells the history and achievements of Cyprus through the examples of a political leader, a religious leader and a sportsman, and how the turn of events in their lifetimes reflect the high points in Cypriot history. Discussions, more philosophical than merely factual, about the desires and aspirations of Cypriots, both Greek and Turkish, power struggles with the Ottoman Empire, influences of the British Empire, and other lesser known facets of Middle Eastern history are contained in these pages. It was interesting to read about the athlete who was spared from death by the Nazis for his Berlin Olympics credentials. From a mention of the part played by Cyprus in the Trojan War to the important role it enacted in solving the Jewish problem, no event of significance is left untouched by the author.
Three Hellene Cypriots by Andreas Antoniou Melas brings many lesser known areas of Cypriot history to the foreground through biographical sketches. It was surprising for me to learn that Cyprus was the originally selected area for establishing a Jewish state, with a plan to accommodate Cypriots elsewhere. The fine line existing between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the different proposals regarding ceding Cyprus to other states, which originated after each World War, how a win in a marathon by Stylianos Kyriakides, a Cypriot, resulted in US aid to the country, and many other interesting fragments are in this book to hold one's interest. Easy to read and mostly dealing with topics of human interest, this is a welcome addition to any collection of good books.