This is an outstanding book which provides the reader with great insight into the troubles of Greece and why these difficulties have an intractability to reform that is daunting. When you have this book as background, the difficulties of the current Greek political crisis become clearer.

In particular, I liked the way Angelos made each chapter a human interest story that illuminated the larger public policy challenge.

And his chapter and other references to migrants brings out one’s deepest sympathies for the unfortunate people trying to find a better life for themselves and their families–and the often tragic outcomes on this modern Greek odyssey.