The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Metropolitan. 558 pages. $28.00
Just a month before Naomi Klein published No Logo in January 2000, the anti-globalization movement held its giant coming-out fracas at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Her timing was perfect. The book quickly became the movement’s unofficial bible, as well as an introductory text for every professor and journalist looking to understand the “root causes” of this violent new phenomenon. Over the last seven years, the young Canadian author has become the Noam Chomsky of her generation. A poll conducted in 2005 by England’s Prospect magazine put her at number eleven on the list of top “global intellectuals.”
But like other anti-globalization activists, Klein faced a quandary after the attacks of 9/11. How was she to square her convictions with the demonstrated reality that Islamofascism is a greater threat to our well-being than, say, McDonald’s or Wal-Mart? In her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Klein finesses this question in an original and ambitious way.
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