Over the past two years, Naomi Klein has been writing a weekly column in Canada's leading newspaper, the 'Toronto Globe & Mail', syndicated worldwide recently, in the 'Guardian'. She has now, by selecting and rearranging the order of these columns, prepared what amounts to a first-hand historical record of the gradual rise to prominence of the anti-Global corporatism movement, and of its most notable successes and its failures.
It has a truly international scope, covering everything from the Zapatistas' rebellion in Mexico to the Social Centres in Italy, from the biggest peaceful protest demos since the 1960s to the gassings and shootings at Genoa. Naomi analyses developments in local democracy, in law enforcement, in privatisation laws, in capital migrations, in union behaviour, in marketing, in summitry.
She gets close to the summits - the WTO, the G8, the IMF, NAFTA. She looks at bioterrorism, pollution, hypocrisy, fear and confusion. It is a portrait, or rather the underlying negative, of the planet's torrid past two years. It makes for dramatic, indispensable reading.