Reviews of The Greek Connection


Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Leadership: In Turbulent Times”

“This is a magnificent work, a triumphant combination of exhaustive research and fine narrative writing. The story of the Greek Connection to the Watergate saga is told through a sweeping biography of a compelling figure who captures our attention from beginning to end.”


Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of Fall and Rise and 13 Hours

“The Greek Connection is a marvelous book, a biography that illuminates an essential yet nearly forgotten figure who navigated some of the most important events of the 20th century. In Elias Demetracopoulos, author James Barron has vividly portrayed a real-life character as remarkable as any fictional Cold War hero. In our own era of political and journalistic skullduggery, this is a must-read.


[A] page-turner… Highly Recommended.Read the full review.


“Barron offers an even handed portrait of a complex man . . . a deeply researched life of a man in the crossroads of history. Read the full review.


Kathimerini, Sunday Cultural Review, August 8, 2020

“The fascinating life of an uncompromising man.

The author who would undertake to write the biography of the journalist and opponent of the junta Elias Demetracopoulos would have to decode an enigmatic personality…” Read the full review by Achilles Paparsenos (in Greek).


September 13, 2020

“Barron, a journalist and lawyer, delivers a richly sourced work….The story that emerges is at times cinematic, starting with a moving account of 12-year-old Elias’s resistance efforts during the Nazi occupation of Athens….This tension between journalism and activism sits at the heart of the book’s inquiry into a corner of the Watergate story…. an ambitious effort” Read the full review.

-Ann Marie Lipinski, director of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard


John O. Iatrides, author of “Revolt in Athens. The Greek Communist ‘Second Round’ 1944-1945”

“The Greek Connection” is a masterful biography of a remarkable… journalist, political activist, and controversial operative…meticulous work and fine narrative… (It’s) exhaustively researched, historically balanced and highly readable. Read the full review.


Joe Bergantino, Co-Founder & Executive Director Emeritus, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

“Jim Barron has done the world a great service by chronicling the fascinating life of Elias Demetracopoulos. Through exhaustive research and interviews, Barron tells the compelling story of a dogged journalist and defender of democracy dedicated to exposing the truth and holding the powerful accountable through multiple means—while incurring the wrath of some of the most politically powerful men of his time. Nothing deterred Demetracopoulos from pursuing his mission. We all can learn valuable lessons from this superbly written biography that should be a must read for anyone seeking to understand the role journalists play in a complex world where the survival of democracy as we’ve known it is now uncertain.


“Barron’s excellently-researched and well-crafted biography of a man whose pursuit of the truth despite the potential cost of that pursuit is an inspiration in an era when the truth is all too often lies.Read the full review.


September 23, 2020

“The Fascinating Life of the Greek Journalist Who Rubbed Shoulders with America’s Powerful.” Read the full Review.

-Tasos Kokkinidis


Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Professor, Karamanlis chair in Hellenic and European Studies, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

“Barron’s book on Elias Demetracopoulos is an excellent tale of an able journalist with a knack for a good scoop. Elias, a gentleman to his friends but mysterious and enigmatic to his enemies, was always into the fray of important events. More importantly, the book tells the story of a devoted democrat that proved to be a decisive force in the struggle against the Greek dictatorship.


Evangelos Louizos, author of “My Father Had This Luger…A true story of Hitler’s Greece”

 “Outstanding job…reads like a Cold War novel….With every page, persons and events came back to me, day by day, and I cringed with anger at recalling them. It was when democracy was being slowly strangled… Barron’s book gave my personal experiences details and depth and I thank him for it. I found the “Watergate” reference in the title is too limiting, because the content of the book goes well beyond that episode.Read the full review.


September 9, 2020

“The Greek Connection’s Untold Watergate Story.” Read the full review.


Seymour M. Hersh

James Barron has done history a favor by telling the incomparable life of the amazing and indefatigable Elias Demetracopoulos, who spent his teenage years fighting against fascism in World War II and suffering, after the war, as America threw in against those inside Greece who had stood off the Nazis.

Elias, having seen it all in his youth, became a real life Zelig as an investigative reporter, committed to the telling of truth and the making of trouble for Presidents from Jack Kennedy through the post-Nixon years. There is much new history in this book, especially about the beginnings of the Watergate scandal.”


Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

“The hero of this story, Elias Demetracopoulos, was a freedom fighter in the fullest sense, both in battle trenches and in confrontations with powerful political adversaries. His story, deftly woven together here for the first time, is a lens through which we can see 20th-century history in a new light.


Christopher Hitchens

“Elias Demetracopoulos is an illustration of how much can be achieved by a determined and courageous individual.”


Michael S. Dukakis, former Massachusetts Governor

“It’s terrific! …an outstanding book that should be made into a movie.


Nicholas Gage, author of seven books including “Eleni” and “Greek Fire.”

“The Greek Connection” is a fascinating biography of a remarkable gadfly, Elias Demetracopoulos, who influenced the modern history of both his homeland, Greece, and his adopted country, the United States, to a degree not yet fully measured. Packed with  revelations about John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon, and the real reasons behind  the Watergate break in, it is a meticulously researched and absorbing chronicle of one of the 20th century’s most powerful political sagas.”


Pappas Post, August 14, 2020

The Odyssey of a Fighter for Democracy: The
Struggle of the Journalist, Elias Demetracopoulos

A stunning feat of biographic storytelling, sweeping from World War II to the Cold War, Watergate and beyond, The Greek Connection is about a lifetime of standing up for democracy and a free press against powerful special interests. “

-Gregory Pappas, Publisher of the Pappas Post

“Barron’s biography of Demetracopoulos is a carefully documented cradle to grave chronological narrative… Reading this book was an enriching experience and it will undoubtedly become a required text for anyone wishing to understand U.S. – Greek relations between 1967 and 1974.” Read the full review.

-Alexander Kitroeff, author of “The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt” and “The Greek Orthodox Church in America: A Modern History”.


“The Odyssey of a Fighter for Democracy: The
Struggle of the Journalist, Elias Demetracopoulos.” Read the full review (in Greek.)


Robert Dallek 

“What makes Elias’s story relevant and interesting are the revelations about the skullduggery his clashes with these three administrations reveal, laying bare the secret side of manipulative politics. Elias’s importance rests, I believe, on how he struggled to pressure these presidencies into honest dealings in their foreign policies and how they aggressively responded to him. Two lessons from his history are that administrations don’t like to have their secret dealings revealed and that they try to punish, if not ruin, those who criticize them. This was especially true of the Nixon White House. 

He has been a force for honest government and investigative journalism. We are all the better for his many years of effective work.”


The Book Lovers Guide

“A fascinating biography of an intriguing personality….The reader is consumed by the subject’s love of his country and his desire for truth. This is a book that matters… ” Read the full review.


November/December 2020

“...engrossing, richly detailed book…..the story of one of America’s first complex, controversial, and powerful émigré residents. Like the late Saudi exile Jamal Khashoggi, Demetracopoulos became a dedicated critic of his home country’s authoritarian regime and a player in his new country’s politics…. Both men were attacked by other powerful Americans who considered their work meddlesome. And both were targeted by their home states for abduction and assassination—successfully in one case, unsuccessfully in the other.”  Read the Full review

-Stan Draenos, author of “Andreas Papandreou: The Making of A Greek Democrat and Political Maverick” 


The Greek Connection Spotlights Elias Demetracopoulos and Watergate.

 “…seeks to put together… ‘the Demetracopoulos puzzle'”

September 19, 2020


Elias Demetracopoulos: The Perils of Committed Journalism.

“A detailed and candid account of his fascinating personal life, his foibles, financial sources, Washington insider politics, and Greek political wrangling…”

-Dan Georgakas, November 3, 2020


November 18, 2020

Watergate, ethics, a mirror to now

“A monumental, painstaking effort at historical reconstruction and narration… has the pacing, richness, and intrigue of an irresistible adventure novel…When is it acceptable, or necessary, for journalists to become partisan political actors…” Read  the full review.

-Richard Hertzberg


“This looks great.”