is Verso's renowned series of punchy, polemic titles attacking the apologists of neo-liberalism and Empire. From Hitch to Bono, no sacred cow or globe-trotting celeb is immune to the excoriating verdicts of these often amusing, always trenchant books.
To mark the latest in the Counterblasts
series, Japhy Wilson
's book on Jeffrey Sachs,
we're offering the chance to win all the books in the series to one lucky entrant. We will also be offering a copy of Jeffrey Sachs
to three runners up. Other books in the series include The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power)
, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens
, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work
, The Impostor: BHL in Wonderland
, and Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil?
Jeffrey Sachs is famous for forging the doctrine that came to be known as 'shock therapy'. Shock therapy is both an economic and political strategy, which entails the sudden implementation of a set of reforms designed to shock an economy from one based on state planning to that of free markets. To read more about the strange world of Jeffrey Sachs, check out our abridged extract from Wilson's book.
To enter the competion simply answer this question: On 2 January 1992 in which country was Jeffrey Sachs' programme of shock therapy implemented?This competition is no longer open. Thanks for all of the responses we've had!
In her review of Harry Browne's The Frontman
Rosita Sweetman charts the steady swelling of Bono's ego and coffers as he became the poster child for neoliberalism. She also wonders why the Irish media has been so hesitant to answer the charges brought up by Browne:
To show just how far Bono (and Paul McGuinness’s) power reaches not one newspaper of quality in Ireland has seriously addressed the issues raised in ‘The Frontman’, instead attempts to rubbish it have been everywhere, with one senior journalist dismissing it as ‘just a bunch of newspaper clippings’.
Interested Irish have had to search the web to find intelligent critiques; a bizarre situation indeed.
Still, the facts assembled by Harry Browne in ‘The Frontman’, cannot be so easily schmoozed: Bono has spent his life becoming filthy rich (grand); he now uses his rock and roll celebrity status to gain access to, and sprinkle some rock and roll gold dust on ‘the suits’ in power (not so grand), and preaches aid, and AIDS, in the company of some really nasty, right wing tax dodgers, while tax avoiding and asset accumulating with the best of them (not very grand at all).
to read the article in full.
Harry Browne, author of The Frontman
, published this month, appeared on Irish TV and radio discussing his reasons for writing the book, Bono's tax affairs and the singer's role in the G8.