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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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Read a different book if you are new to economics

As a professional economist, I found this book overall pretty embarrassing.

Yanis made very good points during the peak of his career about government debt forgiveness in Greece during the euro crisis. And he made some good points about this I’m his book.

But his failures in politics seem to have led to some very far left views.

There is much to critique or debate about about the optimal state of global finance or politics and central banks, but he takes his criticism to the extreme.

The running narrative seemed to want to bash anyone or structure that had any level of authority or wealth in society.

And, in a book where he wants to teach someone about economics, he misses the point that economic success in recent centuries has done an incredible amount of good in this world.

This is clearly a guy who struggles to have a balanced view about things and has become entrenched in his views.

Put it this way, this is the last book about economics I would want my daughter to read, and it’s the last book that you should read too.

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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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Required Reading

This informative and yet, entertaining book should be required reading for every child 12-120years old.

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Nice place to start

To be honest I’m never going to fully understand the vast majority of economics, however, I found this a great place to start and a useful way to view the subject matter in a way I never envisioned until it was pointed out. In all very happy with the topics and descriptions in the book aimed at the beginner.

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Talking in the present

Relevant for youth who want to understand what’s going on around them and make an informed choice

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hooked from the start

this book was very good at explaining economic concepts while transporting you through time and space to understand the evolution of these theories. highly insightful and a great listen for all. we should no lo get be idle and start here.

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great book. highly recommend

very well structured using simple language and with some pragmatic and realistic ideas for the future

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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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  • 24-11-20

Absolutely fabulous

From watching hours of Yanis' lectures on YouTube the only thing I could wish for now was that he'd narrate his own books.

Perhaps this is unrealistic, though. I'm sure he'd rather spend his time writing new books. ;)

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  • 13-06-20

Radical clear thinking

Yanis is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Four more words needed.

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  • 03-06-20

Excelent!

Light on cotemporary political and economic controversies. I strongly recommend this book for us and for our children, independently of our convictions.

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  • 15-03-20

A caricature that prevents deeper understanding

The author does not make the slightest attempt at recognising the nuances and complexity of the real world. Instead, the book is just another childish simplification of 'evil elites' versus "the people". While there are many real problems that justify the indignation underlying his critique, there is almost nothing to learn from this book given his overall drive to make a caricature of opposing views, when not deliberately and entirely misconstruing them.

(great narrator, though!)

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  • Matt LG
  • 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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  • 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!