Aris Velouhiotis, the celebrated resistance leader and military genius, is the most compelling figure in modern Greek history. Uncompromising in his positions, this visionary created ELAS, the biggest volunteer army in Greek history, and led the Greek resistance in World War II. Now, a half-century after Velouhiotis committed suicide at the age of 40, the acclaimed Greek writer Dionyssis Haritopoulos offers the first complete portrait of this guixotic personality. This book is the product of more than three decades of research and is based on hundreds of interviews with the ELAS commander’s friends and foes. As part of his exhaustive research, Haritopoulos visited the rebels’ hideouts, followed their trail through the mountains, and spoke with the people whose lives were touched by Velouhiotis. Drawing on official sources and documents, including many previously unpublished, the author also offers readers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of the Greek resistance movement. Haritopoulos approaches his subject with the precision and objectivity of a scholar, but weaves his narrative with the flair of a master storyteller to create a monumental work and a gripping account of one of the most enigmatic characters in modern Greek history.