Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Or, How Capitalism Works - and How It Fails
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
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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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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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Worth it!

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

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Informative & Thought Provoking

Enjoyed all of the book thoroughly. This really made me understand the evolution of money, industrial revolution and the reason for ever growing differencences among rich and poor in the society.
Would love to read more of such books from the Author.

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Cover basics in a nice way

Recommend for college students as an introduction to the real world.

If you are not familiar with the economic machine... then it’s a good starting point.

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More Please!

My only complaint is that I want more. For example, I would love to hear his treatment of the stock market specifically.

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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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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.