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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

A Brief History of Capitalism
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

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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Brilliant!

Fantastic listen, not just to understand economic concepts but also to grasp the philosophical, political and anthropological drivers behind it. Great narrator makes it an easy listen and I just wish there were more books in this series to explain related academic themes...then I'd be a genius!

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Awesome

economics debunked. Well worth your time. Not long enough even! Nice listen because it's written for someone so has a personal touch.

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BASICS OF ECONOMIES AND MARKETS

WORTH A READ FOR EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE ECONOMY WORKS. AND HOW FUNDAMENTAL IT IS FOR US ALL.

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  • Reading, United Kingdom
  • 13-05-19

A theory of economics that can be grasped

This is a great book, not just because it explained economics in ways that might understand it but because it explains the effects of different economic policies on the world.

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Very accessible

A very interesting book written for those of us without an economics degree. I’d highly recommend.

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Guide to fell in love with Economics

Was brilliantly written, very simplistic and succinct, no jargon and technical terms are described easily.
Market society might be on the eyes of the author disrupting, nonetheless, for those who believe society prevails only with this model, is a great way to have another view and retract ideas for our future.
Indeed I agree with Yanis, we need to change the way we trade, otherwise we will reach extinction very soon...

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  • 11-12-17

Amazing

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-18

Excellent

Masterly explained, thought provoking and sobering, but with an element of hope laced through it that, we humans, can still choose our destiny if we are brave enough to really look at the reality of market society and the forces that move it. Would recommend.

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  • Mads Peter Iversen
  • 22-09-18

Very easy to understand! WOW!

Very easy to get through and understand. A must read/listen for anyone. Not just those interested in economics!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-18

The naked truth

Economists are as much as scientist as astrologists who compare themselves with aerospace scientists, are for using complex mathematics and charts.

The most brilliant book I've read in ages!