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The 13th Labour of Hercules

Inside the Greek Crisis

Yannis Palaiologos



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01 October 2014
Since the revelation of its massive, hidden deficit in late 2009, Greece has been at the centre of the world's attention. Observers around the globe have watched with morbid fascination as the country has repeatedly flirted with political and financial chaos, as one failed rescue programme has followed another, as extremism spread and its official creditors bickered about the causes of its inability to recover.

How did a prosperous, seemingly advanced economy in the heart of Europe collapse so precipitously? And why has it proved so hard for it to stand on its feet again? These are the central questions running through The 13th Labour of Hercules. Through a series of compelling stories -from a cancer sufferer depending on charitable health care, to the Financial Minister charged with clearing up tax evasion, to the union bosses fighting mass unemployment and the workings of a prejudiced, corrupt government -it brings to life the social, cultural and political forces that left Greece defenceless when the global economic hurricane came, and the vicious interplay between economic depression, institutional failure and social breakdown since the country's Great Crisis began.
By:   Yannis Palaiologos
Imprint:   Granta
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 217mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781846275739
ISBN 10:   1846275733
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 October 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

YANNIS PALAIOLOGOS is a features reporter for Kathimerini newspaper in Athens, Greece. He grew up and went to school in Athens, and studied PPE and post-graduate philosophy at New College, Oxford.

  • Short-listed for Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Political Book of the Year 2015
  • Shortlisted for Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Political Book of the Year 2015.

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