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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
or, How Capitalism Works - and How It Fails
By (author): Yanis Varoufakis Translated by: Jacob Moe Translated by: Yanis Varoufakis
Yanis Varoufakis ,

Translated by :

Jacob Moe ,

Translated by :

Yanis Varoufakis

Imprint:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN:

9780374272364

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 08, 2018
Print Run: 40000
$29.00 CAD
Unknown

Dimensions:

7.8in x 5.88 x 0.8 in | 290 gr

Page Count:

224 pages

Illustrations:

Index
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

InTalking to My Daughter About the Economy, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister and the author of the international bestsellerAdults in the Room, pens a series of letters to his young daughter, educating her about the business, politics, and corruption of world economics.


Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and countless students around the world. Now, he faces his most important—and difficult—audience yet. Using clear language and vivid examples, Varoufakis offers a series of letters to his young daughter about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others. Taking bankers and politicians to task, he explains the historical origins of inequality among and withinnations, questions the pervasive notion that everything has its price, and shows why economic instability is a chronic risk. Finally, he discusses the inability of market-driven policies to address the rapidly declining health of the planet his daughter’s generation stands to inherit.

Throughout, Varoufakis wears his expertise lightly. He writes as a parent whose aim is to instruct his daughter on the fundamental questions of our age—and through that knowledge, to equip her against the failures and obfuscations of our current system and point the way toward a more democratic alternative.

Yanis Varoufakis is a former finance minister of Greece and a cofounder of an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, that is campaigning for the revival of democracy in Europe. He is the author of the international bestsellerAdults in the Room,And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, andThe Global Minotaur. After teaching for many years in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, he is currently a professor of economics at the University of Athens.

Best Book of 2018, Business & Leadership

"Charming and utterly fascinating . . . It's a sharp analysis mixed with philosophical rumination told in a breezy mix of family anecdotes, Greek myth, world history and a surprisingly deep dive into the hidden meanings embedded inStar Trek andThe Matrix . . .It's a book for everyone. Varoufakis dispenses with technical jargon, and when he does use it, he goes to great lengths to clearly define what he's talking about."—Mark Haskell Smith,The Los Angeles Times

"Varoufakis has used his considerable talents . . . to demystify complex financial concepts designed to elude us . . . 'Ensuring that everyone is allowed to talk authoritatively about the economy is a prerequisite for a good society and a precondition for an authentic democracy' [he writes]. If this is his goal, then Varoufakis has more than achieved it . . . He clearly and patiently helps readers come to an understanding of just how much power global corporate finance—and the supranational institutions that serve it—wields over our lives . . . If anyone can figure out a way to put a chicken in every pot and a bottle of bubbly on every table, it's Yanis Varoufakis."—Atossa Araxia Abrahamian,The Nation

"Varoufakis [promises] to explain economics in a language that everyone can understand, in place of the jargon- infested pseudo-scientific language of mainstream economics....Varoufakis comes up with a vivid comparison between money supply and the market in cigarettes in a German prisoner-of-war camp to explain inflation, deflation and interest rates, in terms any teenager – or adult – will understand . . . Varoufakis does equip his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth" — Anna Minton,The Guardian

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