The Full Catastrophe

Travels Among the New Greek Ruins

A transporting, good-humored, and revealing account of Greece's dire troubles.

By James Angelos Read by Pete Cross History - European / Nonfiction / Politics English, Unabridged 10h 36m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							In recent years, small Greece, often associated with ancient philosophers and marble ruins, whitewashed villages and cerulean seas, has been at the center of a debt crisis that has sown economic and social ruin, spurred panic in international markets, and tested Europe’s decades-old project of forging a closer union. In The Full Catastrophe, James Angelos makes sense of contrasting images of Greece, a nation both romanticized for its classical past and castigated for its dysfunctional present. It goes beyond the transient coverage in the daily headlines to deliver an enduring and absorbing portrait of modern Greece.

"Revealing and well-informed... Angelos follows [his] many threads with aplomb. A candid, unsparing look at the challenges Greece has yet to overcome." - Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced, gripping survey of the problems leading to and resulting from Greece's debt crisis... Angelos's often amusing, occasionally dismaying stories form a necessary and compelling read for anyone interested in the current crisis and its possible remedies." - Publishers Weekly

"Angelos dismantles the facile narrative accepted by many in the eurozone... But he is equally tenacious when it comes to exposing the misconduct of Greek politicians, not to mention the country's corrupt system of career tenure and its, well, truly Byzantine bureaucracy... The book is saved from being a withering catalog of absurdity by Mr. Angelos's subtle, often loving analysis of modern Greek culture." - The Wall Street Journal

"Angelos, who has traveled from Athens to Thessaloniki, from mountain villages to outlying islands, describes with an engaging mix of disgust and brio the scams Greeks have perpetrated for decades, with the frequent complicity of their government, and the devastating consequences now that the con has unraveled." - The New York Times Book Review

"Angelos is a superb guide to the cultural history of modern Greece, and his analysis gives a nuanced background to the screaming headlines that keep Greece in the news." - The Daily Beast