#1 bestseller, winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, and Naomi Klein's most important book yet--about the economic drivers that are warming our planet and how the climate crisis can yet spur economic, cultural and political transformation.
Klein argues that our current growth-based economic model is waging war on the life support systems of our planet. Using phenomenal research, she lays out why climate change is not an "issue"--it is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. Klein attacks the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction, and brilliantly identifies the threads that connect our failed responses to the crisis--from hard-core climate deniers to celebrity billionaires with messiah complexes, to the reckless quest to engineer the planet--and she reveals how the "Big Green" environmental organizations may be hurting more than helping. She argues that we urgently need an entirely new model of human progress and shows why climate change--with its full economic and moral implications understood--is the most powerful weapon we have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice. Tracing the rise of a bold new resistance movement against extreme energy, she highlights the real solutions emerging in the rubble of our failed systems--solutions that require us to break virtually every rule in the free-market playbook. The climate change debate is about to get a lot hotter.
In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."
Praise for This Changes Everything:
"The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring." --The New York Times
"One of Canada's biggest voices has done it again. The author of No Logo has brought us a new defining tome." --The Globe and Mail
"Searing, encyclopedic, and radical.... Fascinating." --Astra Taylor, The Walrus