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"The emerging rock-star of Europe s anti-austerity uprising." --The Daily Telegraph
"A brilliant economist." --Bloomberg
"The most interesting man in the world." --Business Insider
"[A] fiery maverick." --Fortune
"Mr. Varoufakis tends to speak in thoughtful and theatrical tones that can prompt strong reactions." --New York Times
"European finance ministers have got an opponent who will not recede easily. And one who, furthermore, appears to have the stamina of a long distance runner to go the whole way." --The Guardian
"A new politician...who is poised to change how you and I think about those we elect to lead us." --Huffington Post
Descrizione del libro
Greece's charismatic former finance minister and most popular politician, whom Business Insider calls "the most interesting man in the world," gives voice to the anti-austerity movement and provides a front row seat to the drama that is unfolding in the Eurozone: how the financial crisis all started, where it's going, and how the fate of Greece is intimately tied to America's economic future and the stability of the global economy.
Libro fascinate - lo raccomando a multi, tango quanto il "Adults in the room". Motive per il quale non do 5 Stella soon gli error temporali e la leggerezza nella valutazione della politica Italiana vis a vis l'Euro e la EU.
5,0 su 5 stelleInsightful, Fair, and Deeply Moving
27 aprile 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
In a nutshell, this is a great read. If you're wondering, as I did, why the US unemployment rate went from 12% to 5% in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, yet Europe's unemployment rate stayed at 12%, then perhaps you want to read this book.
This book is divided roughly in two parts. The first part is an economic history of how Europe got to where it is today. This history dates back to 1944 in a small town in New Hampshire. I was struck by how fairly Varoufakis treated the subjects no matter if they're from the left or the right, if they're American or British or French or German. He even gave credit to Thatcher for her reasons to oppose the monetary union, while pointing out that as a student he participated in every demonstration against her that he could find. Even as a student of European history, I found plenty here that I didn't know.
The second part is a slow motion play-by-play of how the 2008 financial crisis hit Europe, and what the people in charge ended up doing to make it much worse. In this, Varoufakis is unrelenting in his criticism, but it always backed up by solid economic logic. He saves the most biting of his words on the bureaucrats and politicians of the EU who used the bailout to save the banks, but left the bills to the people. And not just any people, but the weakest people in the weakest of nations (not just Greece, but Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Italy). Hence the title of the book.
This book would be extremely entertaining, if not for the fact that the subject matter and analysis made me extremely sad and concerned. Varoufakis is right. Europe is too important to be left just to the Europeans. Last century, Europe dragged the rest of the world into not one, but two orgies of mass destruction. Today, it has the potential to do it again, in the economic arena. This is not a matter of liberal vs conservative world view. It's a matter of economics. If you care at all about your own economic future, you would do well to give this book a read.
5,0 su 5 stelleGreat writing from a great writer; a real education for one who reads this kind of stuff a lot; in a class by himself.
5 giugno 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Just through the first couple of chapters; breathtaking; he goes back to Breton Woods and the Nixon Gold shock which I lived through. I did not remember/know the actors involved and what was happening behind the scenes. It's like the "Real" history you read as you get older, not the pablum propaganda you were raised on and most continue to eat; fed by today's corporate media showing you what they "choose" to show you based on their self interest. I'm looking forward to the rest of the book.
5,0 su 5 stelleSuperb analysis and historical background of the European crisis. ...
3 giugno 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Superb analysis and historical background of the European crisis. Hard to argue with Prof. Varoufakis as he is not merely expressing opinions but through extensive foot notes supports his arguments. A must read for layman and economists alike if they wish to understand the European condition. Prophetic as well, sadly so because the " crisis will never end if European leaders keep pushing policies that repeatedly failed". The quotation from NY Times editorial of May30th, 2016
5,0 su 5 stelleSuperbly argued. It gives a clear insight into the ...
23 maggio 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Superbly argued. It gives a clear insight into the failures of the European Union. A must read for any voters in the UK referendum prior to 23rd June. His solution to the problem I believe would work but it will take an out vote to get the muddled minds in Berlin and Brussels to start listening.
5,0 su 5 stelleUnderstand the Global Financial System
4 maggio 2018 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
An excellent read if you want to understand not only the so-called Euro crisis but more importantly the structure of the global monetary system. The author goes back to WWII and the Bretton Woods monetary system, the US abandoning the gold standard in 1971 and on to the present day. He describes the history of the Euro and its challenges. Woven through is a cogent explanation of why the US runs both trade and fiscal deficits. Finally, he discusses the implications for the US and Europe going forward. You don't have to be an economist to understand the structure and implications of the system we live in. As an added benefit, the author is left-of-center politically and gives a perspective not often seen on corporate media.
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