The Theft of A King

Who Stole Alexander

by J.S.G. Gandeto

 

Book Details

There shall be no surrender

If you can walk a mile in my moccasins, you will know how I feel; but to really understand the enormity of my pain, you need to be a Macedonian for a day or two. Perhaps, it is some kind of curse that we are forced to endure on a daily basis, to fend off charges of various kinds with magnitude leveled at us from our “friends” and foes alike. As soon as we recover from one attack, there comes another more sinister and more menacing than the previous one. At times, it seems that our adversaries are preoccupied with our history and cannot, for a given moment, relinquish their thirst and hunger for anything Macedonian. This book is a compendium of thoughts and responses formulated to prove to the world that we, the Macedonians, as people do exist. That we still use our own Macedonian Language, that we still maintain and cultivate our Macedonian traditions and customs, and that we still identify ourselves as Macedonians and place our hopes and our beliefs in justice and equality for all. The book offers glimpses into our continuous struggle for survival. Yes, it is a feeble voice in the dark, but a voice nevertheless, that isn’t going to die any time soon. This incessant will to survive is stronger and more powerful than the insatiable appetite for our esteemed heritage exhibited by our enemy. Perhaps it is a blessing, a sign for revival and a heavenly energy that uplifts and nourishes the soul. Perhaps, it is the old Macedonian spirit that keeps us going. The more they attack us, the stronger and more resilient we become. Through the topics discussed in the book, the reader will have a chance to see and understand the other side of the story. In the words of Marquez Garcia, “Our enemies have crushed many roses before but they haven’t succeeded in stopping the spring from coming.” Until next time…

 

Book Excerpt

If modern day Greeks succeed in their diplomatic offensive to convince the world that Alexander the Great and his Macedonians were actually Greeks, then such a verdict may accomplish two things: (a) prove that historical evidence can be ignored (and in this case it would be), that records can be manipulated and subverted, and (b) inflict irreparable damage to the confidence and the faith entrusted in the hands of scholars and academic institutions world wide. Such a verdict will amount to nothing less than the theft of a king. On the other hand, if justice prevails, as it should, then we may safely conclude that Alexander and his legacy would continue to rest among his Macedonians whom he considered his natural kinsmen and with whom he shared his troubles, setbacks, sufferings and pain as well as jubilation in his victories. While one can sympathize with the plight of today’s Greeks to hold on to the stolen legacy of the ancient Macedonians (the financial revenues obtained from Alexander’s glorious exploits and fame is more than substantial), one cannot, and should not, sacrifice the intellectual integrity of the historical scholarship because of it.

 

About the Author

J.S.G. Gandeto

J.S.G. Gandeto was born in Lubojno, Macedonia. Educated at Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. He immigrated to United States and continued his studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and Nova South-Eastern University in Fourth Lauderdale, Florida where he received his post graduate degrees. He recently completed his 29th year as an educator and has since retired and is continuing to pursue his passion in writing. In 2002 he published his first book Ancient Macedonians: Differences between Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks. In 2005 he published the romantic novels One Golden Ray upon the Rock and in 2007, The Wolves of Trappers Bluff. In the Macedonian Language he has published the following novels: Spasa’s Light in 2004, Saraf in 2009 and Rosamarina’s Grave in 2010. Currently, he is preparing for publication his latest novel Folded Impressions.

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