Lycabettus Press

Lycabettus Press has been publishing books about Greece for 40 years. Our publications range over a wide variety of subjects, from tourist guides and travel literature to cookbooks and history.

Recent Publications

Greek Urban Warriors, Resistance & Terrorism 1967 - 2014,
by John Brady Kiesling

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.

Kiesling is the author of Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower (Potomac 2006) and numerous articles. He lives in Athens, where he writes on history, archaeology, ancient religion, and politics.

"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

In Sfakia, by Peter Trudgill

In Sfakiá is an affectionate, personal account of the historic and remote Cretan region of Sfakiá and its main village, Chóra Sfakíon, as encountered by the author and his wife starting in the late 1970s. The landscape is rugged, as are the Sfakian people, who are renowned for their heroism, fierceness, dignity and independence -- and even today they remain "hospitable to the point of insanity". We follow the couple as they become increasingly engaged with the local people, language, customs, landscape, history and legends, tragedies and triumphs of the region; we learn of their personal adventures and observe their gradually increasing understanding of Village life.

Το "Στα Σφακιά" διατίθεται επίσης στα Ελληνικά.