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  • Published: 28 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473572102
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Talking to My Daughter

A Brief History of Capitalism




The number-one bestselling, world renowned economist writes a series of letters to his daughter to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous.

‘Why is there so much inequality?’ Xenia asks her father, the world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis.

Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales – from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix – Varoufakis explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times.

In answering his daughter’s deceptively simple questions, Varoufakis disentangles our troubling world with remarkable clarity, while inspiring us to make it a better one.

'Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original - a potent democratic tool at the perfect time' Naomi Klein

  • Published: 28 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473572102
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece and the author of a memoir, Adults in the Room, and a history,And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, which reveal and explain the catastrophic mishandling of Europe since the financial crisis. Both were number one bestsellers. His latest bestseller is Talking To My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism. Born in Athens in 1961, Yanis Varoufakis was for many years a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the USA before he entered government and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. Since resigning from Greece's finance ministry he has co-founded an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, campaigning for the revival of democracy in Europe and speaks to audiences of thousands worldwide.

yanisvaroufakis.eu / @yanisvaroufakis

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Praise for Talking to My Daughter

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

It's great fun to read ... Varoufakis has started a debate here, and he's done it brilliantly

Evening Standard

Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original – a potent democratic tool at the perfect time

Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original – a potent democratic tool at the perfect time

Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

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

A provocative, challenging, yet non-patronising analysis of the global economy. 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 equips his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth – anna minton, guardian

Anna Minton, Guardian

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

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

A stimulating and elegant perspective on market economies. It is accessible but not simplistic … A superb chapter on banking ... provocative and stylish

Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times

A stimulating and elegant perspective on market economies. It is accessible but not simplistic … A superb chapter on banking ... provocative and stylish

Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times

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

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