I like little books that make a lot of concise and intelligent points about important life forces, and this one is no exception. "Neoliberalism" serves both as a general history and a primer on how to make sense of the rise of modern liberalism throughout the 20th century and beyond. The authors approach this subject in a very thorough and informative manner: liberalism (the freedom of the individual to function and prosper within a democratic society) is well defined in its various models from classical to reform to economic. Much of the information here comes in the form of reviewing the highlights of this movement as it embodies the works and ideas of some very influential thinkers and academics like Adam Smith, David Ricardo,John Stuart Mills, Friedrich Hayek, and Milton Friedman. These were people who championed, over time, the libertarian ideologies of freer trade, lower taxes, lower interest rates, less regulation, smaller government, retaining the gold standard and more economic competition. Where it gets complicated is how these ideas were adopted and applied by centrist and right-wing governments to promote conservative political agendas for the retooling of society. This book takes us through the eras of the Thatcherism and Reaganomics in the 1980s, and Clintonism in the 1990s as they promoted a greater reliance on personal initiative as opposed to dependency on the state, all aided by a more favourable tax regimen. What came out of these neo-liberal and neo-conservative agendas was the introduction of lower corporate and middle-class tax rates and a growing emphasis on military expansion in a growing attempt to develop an international capitalist hegemony. Ergo, the rush to globalization in the 90s and beyond, where the rules of engagement have moved away from economic nationalism to neo-liberalism with GATT, IMF, NAFTA and OECD acting as the guiding forces. Written by two academics who definitely have a leftist political view of life, this book raises the all-important question as to what the future holds for a concept that has been largely disgraced by the market melt-down of 2008. Heretical as it may sound, the forces of neo-liberalism, while bruised and bloodied, are still alive and kicking well into the 21st century because that is the only viable way the world knows for securing its economic future even though it has been shown to be very deficient on a number of points.