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Talking to My Daughter

Talking to My Daughter

The Sunday Times Bestseller
Yanis Varoufakis
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Brief Description

The number-one bestselling, world renowned economist writes a series of letters to his daughter to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous.

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Yanis Varoufakis, world renowned economist, writes to his daughter to teach her the hazards of capitalism.

'Why is there so much inequality?' asked Xenia to her father. Answering her questions in a series of accessible and tender letters, Varoufakis educates her to what economics and capitalism is and why it is so dangerous.

Taking from memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales - from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix - Varoufakis turns Talking To My Daughter into an enjoyable and engaging read, without ever shying from the harder truths. Greece's former finance minister explains everything you need to know to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times.

In answering his daughter's deceptively simple questions, Varoufakis disentangles our troubling world with remarkable clarity and child-like honesty, as well as inspiring us to make it a better one.


It's great fun to read ... Varoufakis has started a debate here, and he's done it brilliantly * Evening Standard *

Experts have often found it easier to hide behind opaque language than to explain complex concepts in simple terms ... Varoufakis wants to smash this barrier. . . He equips his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth - Anna Minton * Guardian *

Varoufakis's brief history of capitalism unspools with characteristic fluency and verve ... those seeking to better understand the 'black magic' of bankers should look no further * Financial Times *

Author biography

Born in Athens in 1961, Yanis Varoufakis was for many years a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the USA before he became world famous as the finance minister of Greece. He has since written four books: a memoir, Adults in the Room, and an economic history of Europe, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, both of which were number one bestsellers, followed by his bestselling Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism and, most recently, Another Now: Dispatches from An Alternative Present. He is co-founder of the international grassroots movement DiEM25 and, since 2019, has been leading its parliamentary party in Greece's Parliament. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens.