The Global Minotaur

America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy

Yanis Varoufakis
With a Foreword by Paul Mason


In this remarkable and provocative book, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of the global economic crisis.
'The emerging rock-star of Europe's anti-austerity uprising.'
Daily Telegraph

'A spirited book.'
New Yorker

In this remarkable and provocative book, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of both the Eurozone crisis and the global economic crisis. Rather, they are symptoms of a much deeper malaise which can be traced all the way back to the Great Crash of 1929, then on through to the 1970s: the time when a Global Minotaur was born.

Today's deepening crisis in Europe is just one of the inevitable symptoms of the weakening Minotaur; of a global system which is now as unsustainable as it is imbalanced. Going beyond this, Varoufakis reveals how we might reintroduce a modicum of reason into what has become a perniciously irrational economic order.

An essential account of the socio-economic events and hidden histories that have shaped the world as we now know it.

Author Bio

Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece. He was for many years a professor of economics in Britain, Australia and the USA before he entered government. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. Since resigning from Greece's finance ministry he has co-founded an international grassroots movement, DiEM25, which campaigns for the revival of democracy in Europe. He is the author of Adults in the Room and the Sunday Times Number 1 bestseller And the Week Suffer What They Must?

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Paul Mason
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Laboratories of the Future
  • 3. The Global Plan
  • 4. The Global Minotaur
  • 5. The Beast's Handmaidens
  • 6. Crash
  • 7. The Handmaidens Strike Back
  • 8. The Minotaur's Global Legacy: The Dimming Sun, the Wounded Tigers, a Flighty Europa and an Anxious Dragon
  • 9. A Future Without the Minotaur?


'The emerging rock-star of Europe's anti-austerity uprising'
Daily Telegraph

'His argument has an ambitious sweep.'
The Times

'This trenchant and readable critique sets the eurozone crisis within a much longer context.'
London Evening Standard

'A spirited book.'
New Yorker

'The book is one of those exceedingly rare publications of which one can say they are urgent, timely and absolutely necessary.'
Terry Eagleton

'Yanis Varoufakis is a rare economist: skilled at explaining ideas, happy to join in public debates and able to put his discipline in a broader context.'
Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian lead economics writer

'Yanis is one of the best, brightest and most innovative economists on the planet.'
Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics

'Clearly and strongly written, with logical organization building towards simple conclusions, the book is an easy yet rewarding read ... perhaps should become the standard way we think about the nature of our increasingly dysfunctional world economy.'
Joel Campbell, International Affairs

'In the most comprehensive guide to the contemporary economic crisis yet written, Yanis Varoufakis traces out the path from post-war US economic supremacy to the current predicament.'
Gary Dymski, University of California, Riverside

'If you want to know how serious the current crisis is, you should read this book. With much eloquence, Yanis Varoufakis argues that the current financial problems are connected to the emerging fault lines of the international monetary system.'
Shaun Hargreaves-Heap, University of East Anglia

'An all-encompassing account of Western postwar history, seen through the lens of one overriding problem: how to resolve the imbalances in financial flows between nations.'
The European Legacy


Publication Date: 5 July 2015
304 pages

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