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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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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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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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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.

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  • 匿名
  • 11-12-2017

Amazing

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2018

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
  • 22-09-2018

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
  • 02-09-2018

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
  • 08-11-2017

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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  • 30-11-2017

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
  • 04-01-2018

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
  • 19-11-2017

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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  • Graham French
  • 20-03-2019

A must read.

I have often asked myself the question: where does money come from? This book answers this question and many more questions about economics/capitalism without the jargon and maths. A truly must read book!

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  • 匿名
  • 11-02-2019

Really accessible and held my attention throughout

Loved it! I Especially liked the examples drawn to explain concepts, very accessible. Super book!

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  • 匿名
  • 01-02-2019

An Absolute Delight

This is, quite simply, a marvellous listen. Phenomenal storytelling by Varoufakis, who writes warmly and with great humour about the human elements of something most of us consider to be beyond comprehension: the economy. The narration by Pugh is perfect, and captures the kind and encouraging spirit of the book beautifully. I have recommended this to everyone I know, and listened to it twice.

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  • Seklof
  • 19-01-2019

Fascinating

A must for anryone who wants to know how the economy works. Espescially Economists! excellent

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  • Christian Valdivia Torres
  • 02-01-2019

Great work

Wonderful storytelling and keeps the promise of explaining key economic forces shaping our lives. At times it changes pace and becomes a bit complex to follow, but still a remarkable and outstanding work. Would be great to have more of these kind of books.

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  • Christos
  • 17-11-2018

wonderful book,

highly recommend this to anyone who had an interest in economics and wants to get a better understanding.