The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy Paperback – 1 Sep 2003
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"Well written and colorful...Essential reading." -- Sunday Times (London)
"Fast becoming the central text of the antiglobalization movement."--Christian Science Monitor
"[Hertz's] eloquent call to action deserves the attention of every concerned citizen of our troubled world."--Publishers Weekly
"The Silent Takeover raises issues that business and politicans would be unwise to ignore."--Financial Times
"Noreena Hertz is one of the world's leading young thinkers."--Observer
"Well written and colorful...Essential reading."--Sunday Times (London)
The Silent Takeover raises issues that business and politicans would be unwise to ignore. --Financial Times"
Well written and colorful...Essential reading. --Sunday Times (London)"
Noreena Hertz is one of the world s leading young thinkers. --Observer"
Fast becoming the central text of the antiglobalization movement. --Christian Science Monitor"
[Hertz s] eloquent call to action deserves the attention of every concerned citizen of our troubled world. --Publishers Weekly"
Noreena Hertz's groundbreaking political book has established itself as an essential socio-economic text as the world faces the challenge of the power of big business. This fascinating insight into the world economy and world politics has made its author a public figure, rarely out of the papers or off the TV, debating with Bill Clinton and Mary Robinson, appearing on Newsnight and Question Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Hertz, however, admits to be neither strictly anti-capitalist nor anti-business. She is one of the 'critical globalisationists', like Hirst and Thompson, but nevertheless, makes it clear that she believes that not everyone benefits from globalisation. Passionately, she defends people, democracy and justice without glorifying governments or states, which in her view have 'a clear role to play in society' (p.13) but fail to live up to it in practice.
Although Hertz writes about the international economy and the changes that happened during the past three decades in this field, the book is by no means tedious. This is thanks to the many examples she uses but without over using statistics and figures. Hertz tells her story with a very personal touch and mixes her experiences with those of real life people, whom she undoubtedly admires. There is Granny D, a 91-year-old American grandmother who walked thousands of miles across America to deliver her speeches against corrupt politicians. Or on the other side of the Atlantic, she finds Oskar Lafontaine, the former German Finance Minister, who said on the day of his resignation 'the heart is not traded on the stock market yet.'
Hertz does not limit her examination of 'the silent takeover' to America but looks more closely at Europe, than does for example Naomi Klein in No Logo.Read more ›
It was a shame that the most important aspect of the book was sadly lacking. It was released with the usual hype, but I felt cheated after reading it.
This is done using several methods from traditional advertising and political donations to giving equipment to schools and colleges. One particularly insidious way that companies have gone about this is to donate educational aids like televisions, books and computers to schools on the proviso that they are allowed to have their posters placed in the corridors so that they can reach students that way. It is pretty clear that altruism is not necessarily the first thing on their minds (although there are exceptions to this as is pointed out but by and large business trumps charity).
Through the course of the book Noreena Hertz shows us how companies with a global presence bully and manipulate national governments into concession after concession in a race to maximise profits and dividends for the shareholder. The good thing here is that while this is clearly a left-leaning work, Noreena Hertz shies away from the outrage and tub thumping that usually comes with this sort of work, instead choosing to shine a light on the way the world is (or was) in 2001. A good example would be the advent of the Internet allowing mass protest to come of age but at the same time allowing major corporations to get their message and spin to a much larger audience far more quickly than before.Read more ›
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Great book. Very informative. Really exposed the weakness of nation state and the power of CooperationsPublished 2 months ago by Manika Conteh
Very important subject. Excellent writing without copy-paste passages. Enthralled reading. A must for all ages and backgrounds. Tell your friends and talk about it.Published on 20 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was really looking forward to reading this and I understood that it foretold the banking crisis of 2008. But I found that it did nothing of the kind. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2011 by R19
Read the other reviews of this work and you'll see that they describe the book as a description or "painting a picture". The reason for this is that Hertz's book has no structure. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2009 by dilaudid
I completeley agree with the review below. This book lacks both coherant arguement or seemingly any structure whatsoever. Read morePublished on 13 July 2007 by Darkswan