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An explosive, headline-making account from the world-famous economist of what happens when you take on the EU establishment

'One of the greatest political memoirs of all time' (Guardian) -- The Sunday Times Number 1 Bestseller

What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe's hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power.

Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. But the true story of what happened is almost entirely unknown – not least because so much of the EU’s real business takes place behind closed doors.

In this fearless account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal that will shake the deep establishment to its foundations.

As is now clear, the same policies that required the tragic and brutal suppression of Greece’s democratic uprising have led directly to authoritarianism, populist revolt and instability throughout the Western world.

Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.


Varoufakis has written one of the greatest political memoirs of all time [and] one of the most accurate and detailed descriptions of modern power ever written


An important, terrifying must-read. In particular, it anatomises the way in which EU leaders operate with a brutal clarity … shocking and ultimately tragic … He gets to the heart of their failure more acutely than anyone … Varoufakis has the greatest political virtues of all – courage and honesty

The Times

A tremendously indiscreet account … drawing upon his own audio recordings and diaries of top-level meetings. It is deeply personal and very well written

Financial Times

The most jaw-dropping segments are the accounts of phone calls and closed-door meetings – often verbatim, courtesy of his secret recordings – between ministers and technocrats ... We see duplicity and cynicism ruling supreme .. A convincing critique ... Our own government should take note

Daily Telegraph

This is a superbly written account of the struggle to alleviate the austerity imposed upon the Greek people by the eurozone. Greece, argues Varoufakis, has been put in a debtors’ prison and robbed of autonomy and dignity for the indefinite future. Critics would argue that he failed as finance minister in 2015 because he was insufficiently politic. More plausibly, he could never have succeeded, such were the vested interests arrayed against him. This outcome was — and is — a tragedy, because he was — and is — right. The bulk of Greek debt should indeed be cancelled outright. Read and weep

Martin Wolf, Financial Times Summer Reads

Astonishing … not simply a political biography but a reflection on the nature and meaning of power in our times … This really is an important book … you should read it … This book could be a game changer if it shakes we the people from our compliant slumber as passengers within the sinking ship of contemporary high power

Open Democracy

Riveting … an extraordinary account of low cunning at the heart of Greece’s 2015 financial bailout … Admirably, he eschews denunciations, finding the human in his adversaries, even in his darkest moments


A blistering account ... should be required reading for David Davis and the government’s Brexit negotiating team


A fascinating reveal on the hidden world of what he calls the "deep establishment"… Varoufakis is a master of clarity and, as Theresa May prepares to steer the good ship GB through the dangerous shoals of Brexit, this is an invaluable account of how the political establishment really works

City AM

One of my few heroes. As long as people like Varoufakis are around, there still is hope

Slavoj Žižek

Together with Bernie Sanders, Varoufakis is the only other honest politician around

Noam Chomsky

The most interesting man in the world

Business Insider

The Thucydides of our time

Jeffrey Sachs

A brilliant economist


Few finance ministers have such a talent for economics as Yanis Varoufakis

Joseph Stiglitz

It is important to take note of the ideas that Varoufakis continues to espouse … the essence of [his] agenda was – and remains – largely correct

Mohamed El-Erian

A global celebrity


His words about the European crisis speak universal truths about democracy, capitalism and social policy


Timely and important

Big Issue

Timely and important

Big Issue

A whistle-blowing memoir that doubles as a penetrating analysis of the eurozone crisis, one caused in Varoufakis’s view by the stubbornness and ideological dogmatism of what he calls Europe’s “deep establishment.” As Britain prepares to enter exit negotiations with the EU, many will turn to this book for insights… Adults in the Room has a fly-on-the-wall quality that makes it a captivating read

Chris Bickerton, Prospect

Passionate, indiscreet and forceful revenge on the smug elite of the European Union

Colm Tóibín, Irish Times

Varoufakis’ book… should be required reading for anyone who believes that a Brexit outcome satisfactory to the UK is likely

Richard Joyner, Times Higher Education


William Hague, Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 14, 2018


    576 pages

    RRP $22.99

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