Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine

Author: Naomi Klein
Title: The Shock Doctrine
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Length: 672 pages
Genre: Non-fiction, economics
Target age: Adult
Why I picked it up: Shopping spree at Chapters one day
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This a pretty hefty book so I haven’t finished it yet. That being said, I’ve also owned the book for five months and should probably get around to finishing it…

Since I’ve owned the book for so long and haven’t read it yet, I could forgive you for thinking it’s not worth reading. That would be a false belief. I’ve learnt so much from this book and I’m only on page 137.n(I haven’t had a lot of time for reading since school started up, which is why I’m posting this when I’ve only read a bit, but I’ll make another post when I finish the book).

When the juntas set out to defy Allende’s prophecy and pull up socialism by its roots, it was a declaration of war against this entire culture.

The first part of this book is mainly about US intervention in Chile and the 1973 coup, as well as what was happening in other parts of South America at the time. These are topics I have absolutely no knowledge about: the reading so far has been fascinating to me. I’ve gasped, had to stop and felt ashamed of my ignorance while reading. The whole subject is well explained and I feel like it actually is preparing me for the rest of the book, which focuses on the shock doctrine being used in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I look forward to rest of the book and the things I’ll learn. Things I probably would rather not know about, but those are the things you need to hear the most, right? I think this will be a very informative book…(now I’m interested in what I’ll say after I’ve actually read the whole thing ;P).