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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

A Brief History of Capitalism
Written by: Yanis Varoufakis
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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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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Highly recommended

This is a good book. The concepts are explained really well using a wide variety of examples from literature to sci-fi movies. A highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Daniel
  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Andrew (Bunny) Warren
  • 08-11-17

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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  • 30-11-17

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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  • Viktor
  • 04-01-18

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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  • H Newsam
  • 19-11-17

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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  • Amir Anzur
  • 31-05-20

Amazing book to give you the bigger picture

Great insights into how the economy works and it is really simplified. Highly recommended. Well written and easy to understand.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-04-20

Interesting Look From Another Perspective

My second time going through this book. If you are person that have different view on how ecomy work and should work than this book might give you an interesting insight how things might work differently in regards to economy and life in general.

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  • Seagirl
  • 29-03-20

A brilliant description of how the world works, in language anyone can understand

This has been one of the most riveting and illuminating books I have ever listened to. Varoufakis elegantly explores the functioning of markets, inequality, religion and democracy, using stories anyone could relate to, and poses some fundamental questions for each of us to answer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

An experience and an education

the bits education left out.
what a great read, informative and captivating.
narration top class too

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  • Miss K J Oxtoby
  • 05-01-20

One of the best books I've ever come across

Wonderfully crafted, educational, fascinating, philosophical, thought-provoking. I have listened to it all in one weekend and will listen again and again to really digest it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-20

Everyone should read this

A entertaining and insightful dummies guide to the economy and capitalism. Every one should have to read this in school.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Outstanding

Economics made understandable by torpedoing the myths, stripping away the mumbo jumbo, and using plain language and stories. This should be the economics text for everyone including those who profess to be economists.

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  • terry
  • 29-08-18

Economics simplified but not dumbed down.

Excellent. Concise and understandable. Excellent narration. Don't be fooled by the title, this book is for adults as much as young adults.