Reading The Shock Doctrine, I got flashbacks to reading No Logo all those years ago when I was a student. Klein’s writing was eye-opening back then, and her case studies and research made even a dry brick of a book a project that I could not set down.
It is the same experience with this one. The sheer amount of detail and background make Klein’s book very addictive because it feels like an attempt at keeping a record of events that will probably be edited out of the footnotes of history.
The Shock Doctrine feels like an attempt of holding people accountable, and it is a very timely and thought-provoking read. It’s also entirely infuriating. It’s very depressing to be reminded that current events/circumstances are the very basis for the disaster capitalism that Klein describes.
The only reason that I am not increasing my rating for this book is that I felt it lacked balance, which was most evident for me when Klein wrote about Hugo Chavez, without any mention of criticism. Granted the book was written in 2008, but still I expected more balance even if I agree with the underlying premise Klein is arguing.
Still, this was again a thought-provoking read and, maybe because of the current events we are living through, I loved that the book ended on the message (paraphrasing here):
What can we do right now to start to bring our community back in spite of the government, not because of it?
4* (out of 5*)