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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
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Wow. This and Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America, which Klein cited frequently, are the two best books I've read in years.

What's amazing is that none of the historical or current events she covered were really new to me--I read the papers, I'm up on my Latin American history, and I'd had a basic understanding of Chicago School ideology... but she pointed out connections between them all that I hadn't seen before. I felt her analogizes between economic shock therapy and torture practices were quite fitting.

I found her chapter on South Africa particularly informative, because it explained how the ANC managed to fail so miserably in the economics arena, which is something I'd always wanted to understand. And I was SO glad that she repeatedly took on Jeffrey Sachs--I'd had some serious doubts about him since reading his End of Poverty, and she filled in many of his omissions and turned many of his assertions upside down. My only minor complaint is that I was surprised she didn't discuss her shock theory in the context of the 1970s oil crisis--as far as global economic crises go, you'd think that one would deserve at least a mention, and I was left wondering why it was left out of her otherwise very thorough analysis.

Basically, this book expanded my understanding of both history and the contemporary world, and I think about it every day, especially when I'm reading the news.
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Naeem I'd love to hear what you have to say about this one.


Naeem You said: "What's amazing is that none of the historical or current events she covered were really new to me..."

I had just this reaction. It was as if disparate parts of my memory all the sudden came together to form a whole. Like a puzzle finally fitting together, yes/


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Michael Johan Norberg vs. Naomi Klein and The Shock Doctrine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqLAYg... The Klein Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Polemics
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?p...
by Johan Norberg http://www.cato.org/pubs/bp/bp102.pdf Three Days After Klein's Response, Another Attack http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?p... Moving Forward Without Dogma
By Ken Brociner http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4...


Loren I wanted to respond to your query, "My only minor complaint is that I was surprised she didn't discuss her shock theory in the context of the 1970s oil crisis--as far as global economic crises go, you'd think that one would deserve at least a mention, and I was left wondering why it was left out of her otherwise very thorough analysis."
Check out the documentary Fuel by Josh Tickell.


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