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Saturday, 22 October 2016

"The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins", James Angelos

I've only just come across this book, and I've been dipping into a few chapters while I'm in Washington DC. What I've read so far makes it almost too painful and depressing to read in full.

A Greek-American's account and portrait of Modern Greece, published in 2015, it's the sort of book that needs updating every year.

He tells it 'like it is', or how many journalists have come to believe it was, has been - and perhaps still is.

New York Times book review

'In “The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins,” James ­Angelos documents the dysfunction at the heart of Greek society and how it led the country to an economic meltdown. A freelance journalist and former Wall Street Journal correspondent, as well as the son of Greek immigrants and a fluent Greek speaker, Angelos was well positioned to report on the financial crisis that erupted there in 2009 and is still roiling the country, as well as much of Europe'.

You can read an excerpt here.

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