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Destiny Prevails:  My life with Aristotle, Alexander, Christina Onassis and her daughter, Athina

Destiny Prevails: My life with Aristotle, Alexander, Christina Onassis and her daughter, Athina[Kindle Edition]

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Contributor(s) Paul Ioannidis, Dody Tsiantar
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Aristotle Onassis. The man. The legend. Much has been written about him, but now, for the first time in English, Paul J. Ioannidis, one of his most trusted business advisers, reveals information about him and his family that has never been published. <br><br>With documents and photos, Ioannidis’s memoir, “DESTINY PREVAILS: My life with Aristotle, Alexander, Christina Onassis and her daughter, Athina,” tells the tragic saga of the Onassis family. For nearly half a century, Ioannidis, who served as director of the Onassis-owned Olympic Airways and as one of the founding board members, of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, shared a special relationship with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and his children, Alexander and Christina. <br><br>In his 492-page memoir, Ioannidis describes what it was like to be so close to the Onassis family and witness how Onassis built his shipping and aviation empire. He is there when Onassis enters his dying son’s room; he’s at the cockpit controls when Onassis takes a private flight to Crete with opera singer Maria Callas and he watches the strain between Onassis’ wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Onassis’ daughter Christina, over the terms of Aristotle’s will. And after Christina’s untimely death at the age of 37, he is the one to fly to Argentina to bring her body back to Skorpios, the family island, for burial. <br><br>Ioannidis’ story, which also relays his own experiences as a resistance fighter against the Nazis, unfolds accompanied by dozens of photographs, intimate details and documentary evidence, including a photo of Onassis’ handwritten will, a note from Maria to Aristotle and a thank-you letter from Jackie Kennedy to Onassis.
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Language English
Publication Date May 24, 2013
Contributor(s) Paul Ioannidis, Dody Tsiantar
Binding Kindle Edition
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  1.  A well-written and riveting story of the Onassis legacy 24 July, 2014 On
    This is a well-written and fascinating account of the Onassis story and two of its leading players: Aristotle Onassis, of course, and Paul Ioannidis, who had the good fortune and opportunity of experiencing, first-hand, significant events of this colorful history. While the subject of this book is focused on Mr. Onassis and his business and family, it is well-matched by the larger-than-life story of Mr. Ioannidis and his personal experiences before and after becoming part of the Onassis team. [I should add that I have known Mr. Ioannidis in a professional context for more than 30 years, and there are few people who can match his extraordinarily high-standard for integrity and honesty. Throughout the reading of “Destiny Prevails,” I had two thoughts: “Who knew?!” and “Coming from Paul, absolutely every word of this must be true.”] Mr. Ioannidis’ recollection of factual detail is remarkable and is reflected in a straight-forward, unpretentious narrative. The extraordinary story of the legendary Aristotle Onassis, and his achievements and failures, is told in simple human terms by an eyewitness to history, who was also one of its participants. Rich Ehrlich, New York City
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  2.  A true historian 4 August, 2014 On
    Aristotle Onassis is definitely more than an incomparable economic success in the universal business world.
    Due to his life and accomplishments but also to his son and only heir Alexandros' tragic faith, he became for all of us a familiar legendary figure nourishing a host of imaginary stories and ill-timed ambitions, a fact which explains the number of books written about his life and times.
    Books that were inaccurate and sensationalist – rather gossipy, I would add.

    There is, however, a bright exception: I am referring to Paul J. Ioannidis’ very interesting biography entitled “Destiny Prevails”. A book that respects the man and serves the truth, thanks not only to longstanding acquaintance (and friendship, I would say) of the author with Aristotle Onassis’ family, but also to the numerous evidence that he provides.
    It is a work of a true historian, even if the author doesn’t really bear the title of a historian, that restores the real personality of a man, who, even involuntarily, inaugurated the modern era of globalization: and I am referring to Aristotle Onassis, of course.

    Hélène Ahrweiler
    Former Rector and Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
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