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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis.

Why is there so much inequality?

In this short book, world famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his 11-year-old daughter Xenia's deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths - from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix - he explains what the economy is and why it has the power to shape our lives.

Intimate yet universally accessible, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy introduces listeners to the most important drama of our times, helping to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one.

©2017 Yanis Varoufakis (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"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." ( Observer)
"Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original – a potent democratic tool at the perfect time." (Naomi Klein, author of No is Not Enough)

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Brief, easy to assimilate, yet deals with the big questions of our societies.

This book can be read in six hours, provides huge amounts of thought provoking insights into our world and existence. Do yourse!f a favour and take the time to read it😇🐇🐰

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Unexpectedly excellent

This book was completely different to what I expected when I bought it. It paints the picture of the economy in an exceptionally simple yet thorough way. The method of writing as if to a child is very well executed and works wonderfully.

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Eye opening and remarkable call to action

With depth and clarity Varoufakis explains the primary drivers of the history, the present and the near future of the economy. His conclusion is that we face a choice between a society with more markets where even the air we breath is for sale - or to extend democracy, to give democratic governments power to govern the creation and distribution of money. The state of the economy is a political choice - not an objective science. I could not agree more as he reminds the reader our fulfilment and growth as human beings can never be met by a market society. In stead of competing for, we can all share in the wealth of a robotic future, and Varoufakis explains how.

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To understand the future read this book

Yanis, as ever,clearly explains key concepts and adds his point of view. This is a great primer on the key elements of the economy and how capitalism works and the problems that it causes as well as what it solves. One vital area he looks at what impact AI and Automation all have on the future of society. This alone is why you should buy this book as this is a conversation that everyone should be having. We are at a cross-roads we can live the good life or the bulk of the population can become serfs... the choice is ours and we must help lead our politicians to do the right thing

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  • 16-04-18

Insightful

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This is a insightful review of how the economy works, which is explained in an easy to understand way. Although the author has intended for the book to be read by young people, I think everyone who is a layman economist would benefit from reading it.

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Simmple enough for Economists to understand

This is a great way to address an apparently complex topic and make it interesting.

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I might have to listen again.

great book. makes me think and think and think. terrific value for money. thoroughly recommend ed for anyone. but particularly anyone that's studying or thinking of studying economics. easy listening but with depth. nice.

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A perfect pithy, entertaining overview of economics in the modern world, and why you shouldn't fall for the weasel words of the high priests of economic theory. Accessible to everyone. Compulsory listening.

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Great primer on the economy and how it works

I bought this for my daughter and probably learned more than she did!
The analogous stories from antiquity, geek mythology and everyday experience combine well to explain the economic world in which we live in an easily accessible way. Highly recommended

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A pragmatic approach to thinking about the economy

A well written and well communicated book, explaining economic and social theory in a simple form

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Amazing

Very intersting and smart book. Hope it will reach lots of people. There is always another sulotion!