I must strongly disagree with the first review of this book. In her book, Ms Hertz has fashioned a fiery indictment of business, government and the business of goverment in the 21st Century. She has done so with wit, showmanship and - most importantly - without losing her audience. Agreeably, her end point is a radical one. But it is not so much a conclusion as a starting point for action and discussion. For the corporate control of the way in which we live is an issue which is growing, not shrinking. The reviewer writes that "The only real way to effect change is through the law and the reaffirmation by governments and the courts of their authority". Had he read the book more closely, the reviewer would realise that this view is shared by Ms Hertz. What she suggests, however, is that there is an alternative. What's more, that the pharmaceutical companies backed down in South Africa is an endorsement of her arguments. It was brought to light through the inability of South Africans to buy generic AIDS medicine. This was an economic battle. And it was won not through legislation, but through people power. THE SILENT TAKEOVER is a superb book. I was left contemplating the erosion of democracy at the most personal level i.e. how it affects me. And I was shocked. As for a publicity campaign, it is just that: publicity, not hype. If Ms Hertz is sold as glamorous or as a "pop" economist, then all the better. Hers is not a message for the dusty bookshelves of academia. It is for us, here and now.