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OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I’m a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I’m a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I’ve always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (23)

  1. Thank you. I’m not blogging or commenting at the moment, but this looked important – and it is. I will read it. The problem, as you know well, is that the people who need/should/ought to read it, won’t.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I hope you are well. I totally agree with you and that is exactly what I thought at the time. Although judging by some of the negative comments, some read it, even if it is only to feel justified in their dismissive comments (of course, if you read it with a closed mind…). Thanks again and I hope you are keeping away for good reasons. Take care.

  2. I hold no brief for Trump, or any American politician, for that matter. It makes me laugh out loud when I hear Sanders or others described as ‘Socialists’, and says much about the lack of understanding of what Socialism (and Communism) really means to Americans, in general.
    This book reads well from your excerpts, and I have no doubt, from reading her pedigree, that Naomi is an accomplished and successful writer. Book like these have a built-in flaw though. They will only be read by those who already agree with her. Anyone who likes the current administration will be unlikely to pick up the book, but it may still sell in huge numbers to those of the same mindset.
    It therefore preaches to the converted, and is unlikely to change anything.
    Best wishes, Pete..

    1. Yes, Pete. I agree. I am not sure if she is still here in the UK, but she was, recently. The idea of bringing all the groups that have never had much of a political voice (although the unions do or perhaps did, have a fair amount of power, at least in the past) together and find a common platform has merit, for sure. There is the hope that some people who were not usually politically minded but have become concerned about recent events might look for information and be interested. It is difficult (perhaps impossible) to propose solutions that can appeal to a lot of people, what would result in real changes, and not scare them off for being thought too radical.
      I have joked at times that we should choose our politicians through reality TV-like programmes instead of voting (I’m sure the participation would be higher and it would save a lot of money and possibly even make some) but I guess we already do.
      Have a good day.

      1. That seems to be what happened with Trump. As well as Reagan and Schwarzenegger too.

  3. Great points. Robert Goldstein had a great post on this topic yesterday too.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I must check. Have a good day.

      1. Yay! My comments are finally showing. No thanks to WordPress help, who just passed the buck. I had to redo my settings so that I accepted desktop notifications for every little thing, AND get emails from every single blog I follow. THEN go back and re-do each one… one at a time. Made for a stressful morning, but it seems to have worked. Hugs.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. I found your comments on my spam box after I saw your comment on Facebook and I removed them from there and then had to approve them, until your posts normally don’t require approval. I couldn’t find anything I could do when I checked my settings, but perhaps what you have done has sorted it. Oh… who knows! Perhaps it was a Tuesday thing.

        2. Thanks, Teagan. I found your comments on my spam box after I saw your comment on Facebook and I removed them from there and then had to approve them, until your posts normally don’t require approval. I couldn’t find anything I could do when I checked my settings, but perhaps what you have done has sorted it. Oh… who knows! Perhaps it was a Tuesday thing.

  4. As Pete and Hilary note, it is a truth universally acknowledged that those who need to read something like this never will. It’s a must for me. The world we have is, yet again, the result of history not being heeded and education being dumbed down. We are doomed to repeat. On that note, I hope you’re having a good day!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, it is true, but like you, I felt I had to read it. And it was worth it. I’m having a pretty good day, although have to go and have my eyes tested in a bit. I hope yours are recovering well. Thanks!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic review. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. I for one am fascinated (and disgusted) with the current state of US politics and have recently read 1984 again and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder which I reviewed and also hope people to read that book and learn. This one is getting bumped up my TBR Olga. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Debby. Yes, I think it was reading your review of 1984 that prompted me to pick this one up when it appeared in Net Galley. Thanks so much for sharing. She writes very well and cares. Thanks for sharing!

      1. dgkaye says:

        My pleasure to share Olga and I’ll look forward to this book. 🙂 x

  6. A very balanced review of a really interesting book and topic, Olga. Well done.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is not for anyone but she writes very well for sure. Happy new week.

  7. This sounds like an important book, Olga. One of the challenges with these books is that the people who really need to read it, won’t. And those who do read it are usually already aware of the problem and in agreement with the conclusions. It does sound well-researched and thought-provoking.

    1. Yes, I agree. I guess there is not much one can do in these circumstances, other than finding somebody famous who might take up the cause and promote it, perhaps. Keeping quiet won’t help. Yes, there are other options but…

  8. Hi Olga! I’m not a political person but I don’t think you have to be to see the political mess unfolding in the USA. This is not the type of book I normally read but from what I’ve read and your review I think it’s a must read. Thanks for introducing me to Naomi Klein and her book.

    1. Thanks, Vashti. I have my ideas, although I’m suspicious of most organised politics in general, but she writes well and makes good arguments, for sure.

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