Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice by James K. Galbraith
The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe

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The breakup of the eurozone, writes the author, might not be an altogether bad thing. And in the place of the euro? It’s anyone’s guess, but Galbraith reminds us that after the gold standard collapsed, Bretton Woods came along, and the world did not end. A book best read by policy wonks of a numerate bent but accessible to noneconomists as well.
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The economic crisis in Greece is a potential international disaster and one of the most extraordinary monetary and political dramas of our time. The financial woes of this relatively small European nation threaten the long-term viability of the Euro while exposing the flaws in the ideal of continental unity. "Solutions" proposed by Europe’s combined leadership have sparked a war of prideful words and stubborn one-upmanship, and they are certain to fail, according to renowned economist James K. Galbraith, because they are designed for failure. It is this hypocrisy that prompted former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, when Galbraith arrived in Athens as an adviser, to greet him with the words “Welcome to the poisoned chalice.”
 
In this fascinating, insightful, and thought-provoking collection of essays—which includes letters and private memos to both American and Greek officials, as well as other previously unpublished material—Galbraith examines the crisis, its causes, its course, and its meaning, as well as the viability of the austerity program imposed on the Greek citizenry. It is a trenchant, deeply felt commentary on what the author calls “economic policy as moral abomination,” and an eye-opening analysis of a contemporary Greek tragedy much greater than the tiny economy of the nation itself.
 

About James K. Galbraith

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James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, Texas.
 
Published June 21, 2016 by Yale University Press. 232 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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The breakup of the eurozone, writes the author, might not be an altogether bad thing. And in the place of the euro? It’s anyone’s guess, but Galbraith reminds us that after the gold standard collapsed, Bretton Woods came along, and the world did not end. A book best read by policy wonks of a numerate bent but accessible to noneconomists as well.

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