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Naomi Klein: Where to Begin

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This post is part of a series in which Readers Services librarians suggest a good starting place for authors appearing in our LIVE from the NYPL series.

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate (2014)

In this thought-provoking work, Klein offers an explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon ​our current​ free-market ideology and restructure global economics and politics. "There is still time to avoid catastrophic warming," she contends, "but not within the rules of capitalism as they are currently constructed.​"​

The New York Times review called it "a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable.... She braids together the science, psychology, geopolitics, economics, ethics and activism that shape the climate question.​"
 

The Shock Doctrine (2007)

In her third book, Klein lays out her core arguments against capitalism and the free-market doctrine. She details well-known natural disasters and civil upheavals around the world, showing how dictators and idealogues rushed in afterward to seize and hold economic power.

After the book's publication, the New Yorker dubbed Klein the "most visible and influential figure on the American left."

Publisher's Weekly called her arguments a "powerful populist indictment of economic orthodoxy," and Booklist wrote that the book is "[a]ssiduously researched, energetically expressed."

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