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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis

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PREFACE

THE RED BLANKET

One of my enduring childhood memories is the crackling sound of a wireless hidden under a red blanket in the middle of our living room. Every night, at around nine I think, Mom and Dad would huddle together under it, their ears straining, bursting with anticipation.

Upon hearing the muffled jingle, followed by a German announcer’s voice, my six-year-old boy’s imagination would travel from our home in Athens to Central Europe, a mythical place I had not visited yet except for the tantalizing glimpses offered by an illustrated Brothers Grimm book I had in my bedroom.

My family’s strange red blanket ritual began in 1967, the inaugural year of Greece’s military dictatorship. Deutsche Welle, the German international radio ...

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