Monday, May 05, 2008


Stephen Holmes reviews The Shock Doctrine in the LRB. He has somewhat mixed feelings for the book, but generally comes across as more negative than positive.

Holmes is especially critical of Klein for mistaking the forest for the trees, so to speak, and placing corporate greed at the heart of too many disparate developments. He also doesn't like the liberal deployment of the "shock" metaphor, a point noted by several previous reviewers.