The full catastrophe : travels among the new Greek ruins / James Angelos.

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      Summary: "A transporting, good-humored, and revealing account of Greece's dire troubles, reported from the mountain villages, idyllic islands, and hardscrabble streets that define the country today 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. With vivid character-driven narratives and engaging reporting that offers an immersive sense of place, he brings to life some of the causes of the country's financial collapse, and examines the changes, some hopeful and others deeply worrisome, emerging in its aftermath. A small rebellion against tax authorities breaks out on a normally serene Aegean island. A mayor from a bucolic, northern Greek village is gunned down by the municipal treasurer. An aging, leftist hero of the Second World War fights to win compensation from Germany for the wartime occupation. A once marginal group of neo-Nazis rises to political prominence out of a ramshackle Athens neighborhood. The Full Catastrophe goes beyond the transient coverage in the daily headlines to deliver an enduring and absorbing portrait of modern Greece"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Island of the blind -- Off the books -- The resistance -- Murder in the Civil Service -- Tha apostate -- Europe's hopefuls -- The new Spartans -- Epilogue.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780385346481 (hardback)
      0385346484 (hardback)
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      ANGELOS, J. (Journalist). The full catastrophe : travels among the new Greek ruins. [s.l.] : Crown, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 set. 2019.
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      Angelos J (Journalist). The Full Catastrophe : Travels among the New Greek Ruins. Crown; 2015. Accessed September 21, 2019.
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      Angelos, James (Journalist). 2015. The Full Catastrophe : Travels among the New Greek Ruins. Crown.
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      Angelos, J. (Journalist) (2015) The full catastrophe : travels among the new Greek ruins. Crown. Available at: (Accessed: 21 September 2019).
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      Angelos, James (Journalist). The Full Catastrophe : Travels among the New Greek Ruins. Crown, 2015. EBSCOhost,
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      Angelos, James (Journalist). The Full Catastrophe : Travels among the New Greek Ruins. Crown, 2015.
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Booklist Reviews 2015 June #1

Angelos looks beyond Greece's shrinking GDP and its skyrocketing national debt to provide a clear cultural examination of the current Greek financial crisis. Though the bailout Greece received from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund marked a tipping point in its modern-day financial history, Angelos steps beyond the fiscal arena to understand how the circumstances of the country's nineteenth-century founding, paired with the pressure to live up to its ancient Hellenic past, created a perfect storm that was hardly conducive to a responsible and fiscally transparent democracy. Born in the U.S. to Greek-immigrant parents, Angelos possesses a great affection for Greece as well as a journalist's critical eye—the combination of which serves him well as he interviews slippery politicians, doctors signing fraudulent disability claims, hardline union supporters, gaunt and battered illegal immigrants, neo-Nazis growing in political power, and everyday Greeks struggling to survive. An effective combination of engaging personal narrative and perceptive analysis of the root causes of the Greek national crisis. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2015 April #4

Journalist Angelos delivers a fast-paced, gripping survey of the problems leading to and resulting from Greece's debt crisis. Through lively interviews and plentiful, vivid detail, Angelos draws out the contradictions in national character that make a virtue of outwitting a bloated, corrupt government apparatus through strikes, tax evasion, disability frauds, and blocking necessary reforms (such as taking jailed public employees off payroll). With an able grasp of the country's turbulent past and "wonderfully complex amalgamation of cultures and traditions," Angelos empathetically links Greek resistance to the severe bailout terms with long-held resentment of "foreign occupation" by foes like the Ottoman Turks and the Nazis. He also brings a tone of moral clarity, explaining how blame-shifting and lack of accountability have exacerbated Greece's problems. Angelos takes a particularly close look at the rise of far-left groups like Syriza and the far-right Golden Dawn, and the increase in violence toward the immigrant population. As he explains, Greece's "sacred ideological pillars" of its ancient Hellenic culture and status as the "fountainhead of Europe's common heritage" are both necessary to its recovery and impediments to solving its current woes. Angelos's often amusing, occasionally dismaying stories form a necessary and compelling read for anyone interested in the current crisis and its possible remedies. Agent: David Patterson, Foundry Literary + Media. (June)

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