The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

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You’ll come away from reading this book with an entirely new definition of terrorism. As an Irishman with firsthand experience of what happens when the IMF comes to town, this book makes for grim reading, and our global debt experience wasn’t anything on the scale of the IMF’s past glories. The level of deception, greed and wanton cruelty all designed to maximise profits and forcefully impose an ideological crusade is truly shocking.

I’m sure the book was extremely hard hitting when it was first published with its revelations on the Iraq war, hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami, but now 11 years later, after another global recession, the Syrian civil war, the Arab spring, the rise of Isis, the election of Trump, it feels out of touch. Still, a wonderful historical document if you want to explore the ugliest side of capitalism and read of the United States’ dirty bloodstained and bloodthirsty history in the Latin Americas.

Dense but very readable. Excellent non-fiction. I will be reading more Naomi Klein.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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