Dubbed “the bad-boy Greek finance minister” for his rebel style and controversial opinions, Yanis Varoufakis first gained notoriety in 2015 when he encouraged Greece to default on its mounting national debt rather than accept a flawed bailout loan and austerity measures. His predictions that the bailout package would trigger a devastating spike in Greece’s poverty level while doing little to improve its economic recovery were spot on.
Now the popular and polarizing economist is sparking debate again with two provocative books that shine a light on the negative toll global capitalism is extracting on democracy around the world. Adults in the Room chronicles the tense, behind-closed-doors negotiations that pitted Varoufakis against Europe’s political, financial and media elite. In Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, he strives to answer a question posed to him by his daughter, Xenia: Why is there so much inequality?