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Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007
A few notes by Huibert de Man, December 2015

This is one of those books that people are supposed to read if they are critical of economic doctrine and interested in international business and politics. So this is a book for me, I decided when a friend wrote enthusiastically about it. I did not like it too much however, as I will explain below.
What kind of book is this? First of all, it is a thick book, with its 565 pages. It contains loads of information about governments, companies, politicians, military events and economic data. In style, however, it is resembles a political pamphlet more than a scholarly book. It contains one argument, repeated almost on every page, from a specific political position: on the left, anti-globalist, anti-big business, anti neo-liberal economist and anti neo-liberal governments. Governments, advised by neo-liberal economists of the so-called Chicago school, and big business, in their…