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Shock and Awe

Dana McNairn, Monday Magazine, October 3, 2007

Naomi Klein’s latest book has an unsettling premise, complete with a disturbing Canadian contribution, in what has already been dubbed “bleakonomics” by no less a luminary than Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz.

Lunch with the FT: Naomi Klein

James Harkin, Financial Times, September 28, 2007

Naomi Klein and I have only just met and already she is guilt-ridden. Her publisher told her that I grumbled about her choice of restaurant - the achingly healthy Neal’s Yard Salad Bar in Covent Garden. She’d thought, she tells me, that the FT might send its chief economics commentator Martin Wolf to interview her, and as he’s been critical of her work in the past she wanted the visceral pleasure of watching him drink a green organic smoothie. As she’s got me instead, she feels terrible.

We meet in the cobbled Neal’s Yard courtyard. It is a lukewarm September afternoon, and we both fancy lunch outside. The author of anti-globalisation activist manifesto No Logo blends in anonymously - her dress sense is casual-prim, jeans with a neat black blouse and black shoes, teamed with an unshowy blue necklace.

Naomi Klein on 'Disaster Capitalism'

Katie Rooney, TIME, September 27, 2007

In The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein, best known for her 2000 book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, explores how capitalism came to dominate the world, from Chile to Russia, China to Iraq, South Africa to Canada, with the help of violent shock tactics in times of natural disaster or tragedy. Released in the U.S. September 18 and throughout Europe and Canada the week before that, the book counters the theory that unfettered capitalism and a successful democracy go hand-in-hand. TIME sat down with Klein to discuss her conclusions, the research process and what kind of impact she's hoping her new book will have.

TIME: How did you come up with such a theory and what turned it into a book?

Out Loud: Naomi Klein Discusses 'The Shock Doctrine'

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 2007

Crisis has always been a catalyst for change, but these days "shock and awe" seems to have become a key facet of U.S. policy. In the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, it's easy to see how trauma can impair critical assessment of public policy.

Moving from examples of electroshock therapy on individuals to the larger way violence can stun a nation into a similar state of confusion and docility, critic, economist and author Naomi Klein ("No Logo") lays out a case for what she terms shock doctrine, which is the title of her new book.

Beyond the Brand

Sunday Herald, September 22, 2007

WHEN No Logo was published in January 2000, it addressed the new century directly. The argument advanced by that book, and the movement articulated by debut author Naomi Klein, seemed to promise a new world to go with it. From the perspective of those holding high office in tall buildings, this seemed more like a threat. Street-level activists had already demonstrated Klein's prescience even while her manuscript was being bound and printed, shutting down a World Trade Organisation conference, and downtown Seattle in the process, towards the end of 1999.

Almost eight years later, Klein does not believe that the anti-globalisation movement is finished, but accepts that the "moment" has passed. "For a little while there," she remembers today, "you had thousands of people crashing this experts-only world, demanding to be involved in wonkish discussions about economic policy and intellectual property rights."

Katrina, 9/11 and Disaster Capitalism

Lenora Todaro, Salon, September 21, 2007

Naomi Klein is one of North America's most lucid translators of globalization and its defects. Her book "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies" (2000) landed just after demonstrators in Seattle put demands for international economic justice on the front page. In "No Logo," Klein critiqued multinational corporations for creating poor labor conditions in the developing world, all to further "the brand."

Klein, a Canadian whose physician father and filmmaker mother left the United States during the Vietnam War, followed her concerns for workers' conditions to Argentina after its economic collapse in 2001. There, with her husband, Canadian journalist Avi Lewis, Klein created "The Take," a documentary about a group of autoworkers who occupy their dormant factory.

Why Can't the U.S. Have the Debate about Naomi Klein's Book That Europe Has?

Jan Frel, AlterNet, September 21, 2007

Naomi Klein's new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, tells the history of how the American version of "free market" capitalism has spread in moments of crisis and catastrophe, when societies are too traumatized and disoriented to challenge the introduction of radical economic policies that go against their own interests.

The Shock Doctrine has already been published and translated in several countries. Excerpts from Klein's book were published in the British newspaper, The Guardian, and discussion about the book has raged onThe Guardian's online site, Comment Is Free as well as in the German, French and Canadian press. I attended Klein's U.S. book launch event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on September 17 where she described her work and her experiences dealing with a foreign press frequently hostile to her arguments.

A World Occupied by Profit: An Interview with Naomi Klein

Jeremy Scahill, The Indypendent, September 15, 2007

Naomi Klein’s role as one of the greatest unembedded journalists and leading activists of our time was established in 1999 with the publication of her anti-corporate globalization manifesto No Logo. Her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, is a defining history of some of the worst crimes of our era. In this 576-page investigative masterpiece, Klein traces the doctrine of economic and military violence back more than half a century in which the desire for profit and power have propelled evil geniuses to use the world’s poor as their lab rats, from Latin America to Africa, the Arab world and the former Soviet Union. She recently spoke to The Indypendent’s Jeremy Scahill.

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