Saturday, December 1, 2007

Quick Review: Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine” — Brilliant!

There’s so much to say about this utterly, critically, important book. I just finished reading Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism a few minutes ago and am eager to encourage everyone on the planet to read it. So, here are a few quick words about it…

I seriously cannot think of a book that I would consider more important for people to read today.

It’s a heavy text — in many senses — but pretty much every page struck me as essential. It’s particularly crucial to read through to the end. The bulk of the book goes over all sorts of the background, the reasons and the applications, of so much of the evil in the world. But, it is the last chapter that basically says — okay, now that you’ve seen how awful it is and why, here’s what can inspire you to not only have hope that we might get out of this, but that you might be able to be a part of that difference. A “shockingly” uplifting ending to what would have otherwise been a deeply despairing and discouraging text.


Please consider reading it at your earliest opportunity.

Bonus Video:

Alfonso Cuarón produced a short video documentary with Klein, based on the subject of the book. (Warning, some disturbing images.)

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