Naomi Klein here chronicles the decades of disasters of neo-liberal economic policies—privatisation, free trade, slashed social spending—arguing that the Chicago School and the economist Milton Friedman have foisted on the world are catastrophic in two ways:
The book is a powerful indictment of free-market economic orthodoxy. Klein's assertions are coherent, comprehensively researched and footnoted; she makes a very credible case.
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In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."