The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists
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About the Author
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and No Is Not Enough.
She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, and contributor to the Nation Magazine. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and her writing appears widely in such publications as The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian. Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate-action group 350.org and one of the organizers behind Canada's Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. In November 2016 she was awarded Australia's prestigious Sydney Peace Prize for, according to the prize jury, "inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality."
Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages.
"We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and María unmasked the colonialism we face in Puerto Rico, and the inequality it fosters, creating a fierce humanitarian crisis. Now we must find a path forward to equality and sustainability, a path driven by communities, not investors. And this book explains, with careful and unbiased reporting, only the efforts of our community activists can answer the paramount question: What type of society do we want to become and who is Puerto Rico for?" --Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan
"Naomi Klein concisely reveals to us what Puerto Rico has faced, shock after shock, before Hurricane Maria and after it and also the voices of people who believe and build a future for Puerto Rico from the strength of their communities."
--Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, feminist, human rights activist, former president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association
Like so many of my generation, I've been a reader of Naomi Klein's since the late 90s, always finding something to learn from her rigorous reporting and thoughtful analysis. There's no-one better to tell the story of Hurricane Maria and its global significance than Naomi. In the face of speculation, exploitation and climate crisis, this book calls on us to recognize Puerto Rico's struggle for democracy, justice, and human life itself, as our own." --Ada Colau
"What 'shocks' in this work is the resilient spirit del pueblo boricuá. They become the metaphor, the meaning and the maker of possiblity. And one is left immeasurably hopeful." --Cherríe Moraga, Las Maestras Center for Chicana Indigenous Thought & Art Practice, UCSB
"A gripping and timely account of classic 'shock doctrine' being perpetrated in Puerto Rico. Naomi Klein chronicles the extraordinary grassroots resistance by the Puerto Rican people against neoliberal privatization and Wall Street greed in the aftermath of the island's financial meltdown, of hurricane devastation, and of Washington's imposition of an outside control board over the most important U.S. colony." --Juan González, co-host of Democracy Now! and author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.
"Against the rampant greed of disaster capitalism, only radical solidarity can provide the way forward for Puerto Rico. To build it, our approach must be grounded in uncovering and combating the strategies that have been developed to deprive an entire nation of its human rights and its ability to defend itself. Klein's work does precisely this, inspiring a unified vision to create the Puerto Rico we need." --Amárilis Pagán Jiménez