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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Or, How Capitalism Works - and How It Fails
Written by: Yanis Varoufakis
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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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 best seller 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 daughter’s generation stands to inherit. 

Throughout this audiobook, 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.

©2013, 2017 Yanis Varoufakis, English translation copyright by Yanis Varoufakis and Jacob T. Moe (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Great stream of consciousness

Clear and compelling exposition of what the author believes is the role of economics in our society. Not a scientific piece, but more of a philosophical question. Got me interested in his other work.

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Awesome book

Great points and explained in way which make them easily understood and fun. I would even recommend to my 9 year old. #Audible1

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-19

Worth it!

Very thoughtful provoking, and intellectual yet spoken plainly! Easy listen with historical, present, and future analysis.

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  • J. Makinson
  • 2019-01-29

Author stated lot of problems,very brief solutions

The author spent so much time on background and stating problems, which was good, until he got to his solution sections on democracy and was so brief and vague that it made me feel like he hadn't thought his recommendations through enough to articulate them well.

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  • Irish Hill Farmer
  • 2018-12-23

Brilliant!

Masterfully conceived and written, Talking to My Daughter should be mandatory reading fo all economics majors and highly recommended for all others. Mr Varoufakis has put forth, in a way that is as engaging as it is accessible, a key piece of the theoretical framework we need to build a more humane and sustainable society.

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  • quintillion977
  • 2018-09-24

practical, philosophical and poignant

I listened twice almost back-to-back and recommend it to anyone. The stories and references to literature and movies make it accessible and enjoyable to listen to while teaching important subject matter that we all would do well to better understand. When you tear up to a book about the economy, you know it's good.