Author: Naomi Klein
Type: Non-fiction, single subject
I read it: December 2007
A thorough and telling analysis of the power wielded by multinational corporations and the increasing backlash against the abuse of this power. The book is lengthy but never boring, and almost any American would be able to connect with the stories of how the big brands affect our lives, and learn about how they affect lives in other parts of the world as well. In analyzing whether or not there is any voice to fight the aggressive practices of the corporation, Naomi Klein herself becomes a key part of that voice. The book is solid and always shows both sides–although she leans, like any thinking citizen, toward supporting individuals and groups who question economic globalization when that globalization hurts so many people worldwide. If you have ever felt helpless against the endless in-your-face tactics of the multinational brand, then the first step is to read this book–Oz can be uncurtained in stages, and it becomes easier when more people know what he’s getting away with.