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    Yanis Varoufakis(Author)

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'One of the greatest political memoirs of all time' (Guardian) -- The Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller

What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe's hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power.

Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. But the true story of what happened is almost entirely unknown – not least because so much of the EU’s real business takes place behind closed doors.

In this fearless account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal that will shake the deep establishment to its foundations.

As is now clear, the same policies that required the tragic and brutal suppression of Greece’s democratic uprising have led directly to authoritarianism, populist revolt and instability throughout the Western world.

Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.

"Varoufakis has written one of the greatest political memoirs of all time [and] one of the most accurate and detailed descriptions of modern power ever written" (Guardian)"An important, terrifying must-read. In particular, it anatomises the way in which EU leaders operate with a brutal clarity … shocking and ultimately tragic … He gets to the heart of their failure more acutely than anyone … Varoufakis has the greatest political virtues of all – courage and honesty" (The Times)"A tremendously indiscreet account … drawing upon his own audio recordings and diaries of top-level meetings. It is deeply personal and very well written" (Financial Times)"The most jaw-dropping segments are the accounts of phone calls and closed-door meetings – often verbatim, courtesy of his secret recordings – between ministers and technocrats ... We see duplicity and cynicism ruling supreme .. A convincing critique ... Our own government should take note" (Daily Telegraph)"This is a superbly written account of the struggle to alleviate the austerity imposed upon the Greek people by the eurozone. Greece, argues Varoufakis, has been put in a debtors’ prison and robbed of autonomy and dignity for the indefinite future. Critics would argue that he failed as finance minister in 2015 because he was insufficiently politic. More plausibly, he could never have succeeded, such were the vested interests arrayed against him. This outcome was ― and is ― a tragedy, because he was ― and is ― right. The bulk of Greek debt should indeed be cancelled outright. Read and weep" (Martin Wolf, Financial Times Summer Reads)"Astonishing … not simply a political biography but a reflection on the nature and meaning of power in our times … This really is an important book … you should read it … This book could be a game changer if it shakes we the people from our compliant slumber as passengers within the sinking ship of contemporary high power" (Open Democracy)"Riveting … an extraordinary account of low cunning at the heart of Greece’s 2015 financial bailout … Admirably, he eschews denunciations, finding the human in his adversaries, even in his darkest moments" (Observer)"A blistering account ... should be required reading for David Davis and the government’s Brexit negotiating team" (Scotsman)"A fascinating reveal on the hidden world of what he calls the "deep establishment"… Varoufakis is a master of clarity and, as Theresa May prepares to steer the good ship GB through the dangerous shoals of Brexit, this is an invaluable account of how the political establishment really works" (City AM)"One of my few heroes. As long as people like Varoufakis are around, there still is hope" (Slavoj Žižek)"Together with Bernie Sanders, Varoufakis is the only other honest politician around" (Noam Chomsky)"The most interesting man in the world" (Business Insider)"The Thucydides of our time" (Jeffrey Sachs)"A brilliant economist" (Bloomberg)"Few finance ministers have such a talent for economics as Yanis Varoufakis" (Joseph Stiglitz)"It is important to take note of the ideas that Varoufakis continues to espouse … the essence of [his] agenda was – and remains – largely correct" (Mohamed El-Erian)"A global celebrity" (Economist)"His words about the European crisis speak universal truths about democracy, capitalism and social policy" (Guardian)"Timely and important" (Big Issue)"A whistle-blowing memoir that doubles as a penetrating analysis of the eurozone crisis, one caused in Varoufakis’s view by the stubbornness and ideological dogmatism of what he calls Europe’s “deep establishment.” As Britain prepares to enter exit negotiations with the EU, many will turn to this book for insights… Adults in the Room has a fly-on-the-wall quality that makes it a captivating read" (Chris Bickerton Prospect)"Passionate, indiscreet and forceful revenge on the smug elite of the European Union" (Colm Tóibín Irish Times)"Varoufakis’ book… should be required reading for anyone who believes that a Brexit outcome satisfactory to the UK is likely" (Richard Joyner Times Higher Education)"Outstanding" (William Hague Daily Telegraph)

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  • PDF | 560 pages
  • Yanis Varoufakis(Author)
  • Bodley Head (4 May 2017)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Mr. R. J. L. Snow on 23 May 2017

    It's an interesting, behind the scenes look at the twisted goings on at the top of politics. It doesn't paint the EU in a good light but I expected nothing less. I'm not, however a finance expert so despite Yanis making everything sound logical and simple I have no idea if his proposals would have worked? It's very long winded, maybe to reflect the negotiations! I'm just under half way through and I'm not totally sure I have the will to finish this book to its inevitable, tragic conclusion.

  • By rduck on 30 May 2017

    Gripping. I couldn't put it down.The behaviour of the EU deep state turns the stomach. Kind of symbolic that they chose to sacrifice the home of democracy.Yanis Varoufakis may be a bit of an arrogant b*stard but until someone comes up with clear evidence he was making it up, I believe every word of it.If nothing else, thanks to Yanis for the important distinction between parsimony and economic austerity.

  • By pallygary on 13 May 2017

    Compelling reading which educated me on the question of the Greek deficit and how the troika seemed stuck in a non-negotiable mindset even when individuals within it expressed their own misgivings on the bailout. I can see some readers would find the prose self-regarding in places but it is undoubtedly written by a principled, passionate and intelligent man at the very heart of very recent history

  • By BBN on 11 June 2017

    Good read but it does repeat itself quite a bit. If you really want to know how the EU is run, then read this book.It exposes the corrupt and double dealings of the key countries. They manipulate the economy to suit their needs. I can guarantee you will put this book down feeling mad as hell, especially if you are part of the EU.

  • By Michael May on 4 September 2017

    If you see the European Union as a simulacrum of German hegemony and the Euro as the Deutsche Mark in all but name, then the events laid out in this book not only make obvious sense but were sadly inevitable. Hats off to Varoufakis for daring to point out that the economic and political emperors of the EU are unclothed. More of us need to bite the bullet and face that.Oh, and an extra star, would that it were available, for making reference to Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch.

  • By Mr. C. KIRK on 23 August 2017

    As to expected from Varoufakis this is a well argued economic case for achievement and survival of justice in wealth distribution throughout European society. The case study is Greece during his 162 days as Finance Minister. The political and bureaucratic machines and machinations of the European Union, not to mention the IMF, are exposed for what they are: gravy trails for the elite, mainly the incompetent elite. He manages to walk a tight rope between faith in the European adventure of Jean Moulin and his colleagues and despair at the current set up, which has little beyond the shadow of vestiges of democracy. An excellent read that will be read by the wrong people. Those who need to learn from it are unlikely to meet the challenge of reading it let alone learning from it..

  • By J.K. on 4 June 2017

    Excellent, terrifying, jaw-dropping book. I cannot remember reading a political memoir quite like it, particularly as so many of the politicians, bankers and bureaucrats described are still in post today. This book eloquently describes how anti-democratic and toxic many of the people and institutions wielding power in the EU are. The most disgraceful aspect is that the people paying the price of the severest form of austerity foisted on Greece by economic illiterates, are the most vulnerable and weakest. Deplorable.

  • By BKBabe on 19 May 2017

    If you have: 1) any interest in European politics &/or economics; 2) you enjoy political history on a par with Robt Caro's work; 3) you're worried about the future & wonder just who is pulling the strings to make or break that future for us … then you must read ADULTS IN THE ROOM. Don't miss this one, it's too important & too well written.


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