Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia. His new book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, will be published in August. (February 2018)
Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment
by Yanis Varoufakis
Did Greece have any way of breaking out of Germany’s grip? The common criticism of Yanis Varoufakis’s period in office is that he was an intellectual who took the knife of logic to a political gunfight. He was ill equipped from the start. His memoir, Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment, is at pains to show that this interpretation is mistaken.
The United States and Fascist Italy: The Rise of American Finance in Europe
by Gian Giacomo Migone, translated from the Italian and with a preface by Molly Tambor
America’s new power in the 1920s was based on its economy, and in the projection of an American vision of international order beyond the League of Nations, it was US bankers who led the way. The crucial issues of Italian–American diplomacy were not questions of democracy, but of finance.