Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the #1 international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo and This Changes Everything. She is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute, and a former Miliband Fellow at the LSE. She holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia.
The neo-liberal economic policies-privatization, free trade, slashed social spending-that the "Chicago School" and the economist Milton Friedman have foisted on the world are catastrophic in two senses, argues this vigorous polemic. Because their results are disastrous-depressions, mass poverty, private corporations looting public wealth, by the author's accounting-their means must be cataclysmic, dependent on political upheavals and natural disasters as coercive pretexts for free-market "reforms" the public would normally reject. Journalist Klein (No Logo) chronicles decades of such disasters, including the Chicago School makeovers launched by South American coups; the corrupt sale of Russia's state economy to oligarchs following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the privatization of New Orleans's public schools after Katrina; and the seizure of wrecked fishing villages by resort developers after the Asian tsunami. Klein's economic and political analyses are not always meticulous. Likening free-market "shock therapies" to electroshock torture, she conflates every misdeed of right-wing dictatorships with their economic programs and paints a too simplistic picture of the Iraq conflict as a struggle over American-imposed neo-liberalism. Still, much of her critique hits home, as she demonstrates how free-market ideologues welcome, and provoke, the collapse of other people's economies. The result is a powerful populist indictment of economic orthodoxy. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell John le Carre Packed with thinking dynamite ... a book to be read everywhere John Berger If you read only one non-fiction book this year, make it this one -- , Books of the Year Metro There are few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books -- John Gray Guardian Lucid, calm, impeccably researched, gorgeously readable -- , Books of the Year Observer A brilliant, brave and terrifying book Arundhati Roy Powerful ... epic ... dramatic Daily Telegraph A brilliant book written with a perfectly distilled anger, channelled through hard fact. She has indeed surpassed No Logo Independent Excoriating ... passionate and informed ... Her prose packs a punch Scotsman
Klein argues that from Russia to Iraq to post-Katrina New Orleans, people reeling from tragedy have been further assaulted by free-market "shock-treatment" aimed at helping big corporations only. With a national tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.