Summary

In Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU - and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse.
Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone.
The negotiations that ensued became one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in economic history. But no one actually knows what went on because Eurogroup discussions are held in secret. In this no-holds-barred account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship and backstabbing that will shake the economic establishment to its foundations.
The future of the EU now hangs in the balance. As Varoufakis argues, the only way it can survive is if the truth is known, ushering in a new era of radical transparency and accountability in Brussels. Adults in the Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.
©2017 Yanis Varoufakis (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nik Jewell on 02-06-17

The most interesting political memoir I have read

I have to admit to being an admirer of Yanis Varoufakis (fans, as well as foes, are something he professes not to court near the end of the book). I have read his other books, those being more technical in nature, and better suited to a format where it is easier to re-read sections. This was the first of his books that I have listened to on Audible and, being largely a historical account of events, with only a little 'theory', the format works well.

The story it tells is a scary one of how the powers of the troika brought both Greece and him down, by slowly and insidiously turning his own colleagues against him. There is nothing of self pity in his tale of how he remains charged with high treason in Greece; Varoufakis proudly makes a convincing case of how his analysis of the situation and push for debt restructuring and tax reform was the correct, and probably only, course of action that had any hope of rescuing Greece from perpetual debt bondage. In this we see that he was supported not just by Norman Lamont and Emmanuel Macron, but that even Wolfgang Schäuble and Christine Lagarde knew his analysis was ultimately correct.

As a reluctant remainer I dread the days ahead as the British Government tries to negotiate our Brexit with Europe's "Deep Establishment" as they are clearly the slippery and dangerous cabal that Varoufakis potrays in this excellent and important book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Graman on 25-06-17

Enjoyed. Opened my eyes to likey Brexit outcomes.

Yanis brings a common sense approach to economics on a national and EU scale that make me (a UK natual centre right voter) see the differences between government and personal economics.
The grexit scenario was worse than brexit however the people of the UK must take steps now to insulate themselves from a highly likely brexit no-deal situation.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jacob on 02-07-18

Indulgent_sometimes arrogant

I wish one of the adults in the room had edited some of the ego out of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Grant on 05-01-18

YANIS TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. MOST REFRESHING

I was totally enthralled by this book. Having following the Greek 2015/16 "Financial Crisis", and in particular watching Varufakis take on Schuebler, I was fascinated by the inside story.

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