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Talking to my daughter about the economy, or, how capitalism works-- and how it fails / Yanis Varoufakis ; translated from the Greek by Jacob Moe and Yanis Varoufakis.

Varoufakis, Yanis, (author,, translator.). Moe, Jacob, (translator.).

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  • ISBN: 9780374272364
  • ISBN: 0374272360
  • Physical Description: 209 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

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"Originally published in Greek in 2013 by Patakis Publishers, Greece. English translation originally published in 2017 by The Bodley Head, Great Britain as Talking to my daughter about the economy: a brief history of capitalism"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Why so much inequality? -- The birth of the market society -- The marriage of debt and profit -- The black magic of banking -- Two Oedipal markets -- Haunted machines -- The dangerous fantasy of apolitical money -- Stupid viruses? -- Epilogue.
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In Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's former finance minister and the author of the international bestseller Adults 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 within nations, 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 daughters 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.
Subject: Economics.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity.

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