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Economy bestsellers

04 February 2012 / 16:02:46  GRReporter
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Bookstore windows are full of books about the crisis and the economy. This is the new big trend in the preferences of readers, which makes economy a popular book choice.

The champion during winter is journalist Nikos Boyopoulos whose book on the economy, "That's capitalism, stupid!" (“Livanis” Publishing), written in understandable language, has sold over 40 000 copies.

Most books on the economy are written in simple language by journalists and are targeting the general public.

A typical example is a book by Marc Roche called "The Bank" (“Matehmio” Publishing), with nearly 30 000 copies sold, which is especially interesting for Greeks, as a large section of it is devoted to Greece, the famous CDS and the policy of Simitis-Papandreou. The next book by the same author called "Capitalism Outlaw" (“Matehmio” Publishing), has already sold 10 000 copies. In it most of the quoted data is from former trader and current writer and researcher Nicholas Shaxson, whose book "Οffshore, Treasure Islands" (“Papadopoulos” Publishing) was published in Greek, but it did not manage to achieve success. And it is perhaps the best book if one wants to understand what is happening with the world's wealth today.

Greek crisis authors have also recorded good sales that make their colleagues, writing fiction, turn green with envy.

The book by journalist Stavros Ligeros "From kleptocracy to failure" (“Patakis” Publishing) has sold over 16,000 copies and the author was invited to give talks in Greece.  "Diary of crisis" by Pavlos Tsimas ("Metehmio" Publishing) also reached 16,000 copies sold.

Yiannis Varoufakis is another bestselling crisis uthor. His lectures, views and his ability to argue, quickly raised the number of copies sold of his latest book "Dictionary of the crisis: the economic terms that plague us" ("Potamos" Publishing House) to 10,000.

Yiannis Loulis’ book "The Road to the bottom" (“Kastaniotis" Publishing) reached 5 000 copies sold.

The book "23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism" (“Kastaniotis" Publishing) by the famous economist, teaching at Cambridge, Ha-Joon Chang reached 12,000 copies sold, and "The Enigma Of Capital" (“Kastaniotis” Publishing) by David Harvey sold over 3,500 copies.

The first book - "The Big Short" (“Papadopoulos” Publishing) – by Michael Lewis, who had written many articles on the Greek crisis, reached 5,000 copies sold, and the same publishing house launched his next book entitled "Boomerang”.

In addition, Joseph Stiglitz's book "Freefall: Free markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy" (“Papadopoulos” Publishing) reached 5,000 copies sold.

Naomi Klein's books have also raised great interest and one of her old ones - "The Shock Doctrine" (“Livanis” Publishing) - has reached tens of thousands of copies sold.

Most of these bestsellers are brimming with concrete data and economic information, but very few of them contain proposals for ending the crisis. Still they remain useful books that shed light on the current economic situation in the world.

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