1.04.2009

what i'm reading: the shock doctrine

I segued right from 1491 to The Shock Doctrine.

I actually wasn't going to read this book. I read several extended excerpts in Harper's (I blogged about it here and here) and some other places. As much as I love Naomi Klein, I thought I already knew the book's basic premise and arguments, so I could skip it.

Allan bought it when it came out in paperback, and it's been sitting on the shelf.

Then the other day I was about to leave for some errands, when I realized I needed something to read to while waiting for my roots to turn blond. I was running late and I grabbed the first book I saw that I hadn't already read. There's an image for ya: I read things like The Shock Doctrine at the hair salon. Why the hell not.

Well, I started it and I can't put it down. Except I have to continually put it down because parts are so deeply disturbing, that I must mentally walk away and catch my breath. But I keep coming back.

You've probably already read it, but if you haven't, don't be as foolish as I almost was.

11 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

The Shock Doctrine shold me mandatory reading for any one who calls themself a progressive or liberal. I read it last year and it still haunts me today.

BlueBerry Pick'n said...

I loved 1491, in fact, I came back from vacation to open our door & realized & our Irish electrician had returned our copy from his read over the Holidays... I was just considering giving it another read.

now Shock Doctrine, that was *much* harder reading... I had to put that down a *lot*


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West End Bob said...

Glad you relented and jumped in to it, L-girl. :)

I knew you would enjoy it as much as I did . . . .

penlan said...

A friend in the States sent me the book as a Christmas present. :)

I'll be reading it soon.

L-girl said...

A friend in the States sent me the book as a Christmas present. :)

That's excellent, especially since it's a Canadian book. :)

BlueBerry Pick'n, that's a hell of a sig line you have there. You know that people can find your website through your profile, right? No need for extra advertising.

L-girl said...

I knew you would enjoy it as much as I did . . . .

It seems like you've read almost every book I blog about. :)

Do you read fiction, too? Just curious.

L-girl said...

You know that people can find your website through your profile, right?

Oops! No, apparently they can't, because you don't have it enabled.

I assume that's what you want, but just a friendly FYI, if you enable your profile, you can put your website in there, and then dispense with the long sig line. Blog communities will appreciate it.

redsock said...

But where would the six (!) quotes go?

L-girl said...

But where would the six (!) quotes go?

Exactly.

theeuphioanswer said...

If I were you, I'd check out The Confessions Of An Economic Hitman.

L-girl said...

I read a review of that, didn't seem like my cup of tea at all. But I'll check out what some others have to say, in case I've mis-remembered. Thanks.