Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism (Hardback)Yanis Varoufakis (author)
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017
In this letter to his teenage daughter, one of the world's most famous economists uses vivid stories to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous.
What is money and why does debt exist?
Where do wealth and inequality come from?
How come economics has the power to shape and destroy our lives?
Economics is not a science, it is an epic drama: a battleground of ideas, a war between the powerful for our allegiance. In this universally accessible book, Yanis Varoufakis describes how this drama first emerged and has since come to dominate the fate of human societies worldwide.
In answering all of the big questions about money and debt, power and inequality, he shows how economics is actually 'religion with equations', and in seeking to solve the problems of our world it has turned out to be a major cause of many of them.
Drawing on history and literature, science fiction and personal memories, this intimate and inspiring book shines a light for readers of all ages on some of the most bewildering questions and important challenges that humanity faces.
A Greek economist, academic and politician, Yanis Varoufakis is a former Greek Minister of Finance who has written extensively on the European debt crisis and the contemporary economic and political climate. He is the author of the bestselling books And the Weak Suffer What they Must and Adults in the Room.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 352 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm
"If you're Left-wing, or even if you have doubts about market economies, you'll love his arguments because they're so easy to understand. If you're on the Right, you'll have a very clear idea of how your cleverest opponents think ... Varoufakis tells all this with exemplary verve ... It's great fun to read ... Varoufakis has started a debate here, and he's done it brilliantly" - Evening Standard
"A provocative, challenging, yet non-patronising analysis of the global economy: what it is, how it came to be and why it can never be apolitical. By using ancient myths, contemporary culture and family stories, Varoufakis makes the text intimate and accessible." - Nigel Jones, Observer
"Experts have often found it easier to hide behind opaque language than to explain complex concepts in simple terms ... Varoufakis wants to smash this barrier: he argues from the outset that if we defer to experts on the economy then we hand over all our most important political decisions to them ... Varoufakis does equip his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth." - Anna Minton, Guardian
"Varoufakis's brief history of capitalism unspools with characteristic fluency and verve ... those seeking to better understand the 'black magic' of bankers should look no further." - Financial Times
"Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original - a potent democratic tool at the perfect time." - Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough
"One of the most accurate and detailed descriptions of modern power ever written" * Guardian on Adults In The Room *
"Varoufakis has the greatest political virtues of all - courage and honesty" * The Times *
"One of my few heroes. As long as people like Varoufakis are around, there still is hope" -- Slavoj Zizek
"Superbly written ... he was - and is - right" -- Martin Wolf, Financial Times, on Adults in the Room
"An outstanding economist and political analyst" -- Noam Chomsky
"Astonishing ... a reflection on the nature and meaning of power in our times" * Open Democracy on Adults In The Room *
"The Thucydides of our time" -- Jeffrey Sachs
"The balance of this slim volume, penned to his teenaged daughter, is a stimulating and elegant perspective on market economies. It is accessible but not simplistic... Familiar concepts are examined through a fresh perspective... It is provocative and stylish" * Irish Times *