The 13th Labour of Hercules
Inside the Greek CrisisBook - 2016
Fully updated with a new 8,000-word epilogue to incorporate the events of 2015; a riveting insider's account of the social, cultural and political forces behind Greece's recent financial crisis and its aftermathSince 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.
Publisher: London :, Portobello Books,, 2016
Edition: Updated with a new epilogue
Characteristics: xviii, 302 pages
Alternative Title: Thirteenth labour of Hercules