23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Patchy, thin, but still scary,
By A Customer
This review is from: Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (Hardcover)
I bought this after reading 'No Logo' and partly as a result of reading George Monbiot's pieces in the Guardian. I was looking forward to a piece of that sort of writing and philosophy, only made bigger.
What comes out is the journalism stretched thinner. The 'evidence' is there in places but in others there are transparent patches of sheer supposition and leaps of faith that would make even a committed anti-establishment left winger slightly embarrassed or, if more robust, actually amused. I was reminded of the loony left stories of the 80's, and I am not sure dressing up pragmatic and intuitive conclusions that are probably right, in the clothes of 'proof' as thin as these, is a flattering parade.
You can't take it away from him - this is a story that needs to be told, in accessible terms, to the voting (or worse, non-voting) public. But in order to justify his apocalyptic inferences from time-to-time Monbiot really does go too far.
It wouldn't be so bad but his writing, which works fine in short journalistic bursts, suffers and in places the pace and the passion flag. The style - a mixture of anecdote and polemic - reminded me of Pete McCarthy's, and that is no compliment to a man of Monbiot's intellect, integrity, and experience.