McQuaig presents a fairly comprehensive account of the campaign in the 1990s to gut social programs by the C.D. Howe Institute, Macleans, and Globe & Mail editorialists, amongst others. Her writing style, however, is extremely redundant; most issues are explained three or four times in a row, with only slightly different wordings. There are also ten- or twenty-page asides (e.g., on the history of American monetary policy) that could easily be condensed into one or two paragraphs. Nevertheless, there is enough compelling content for the book to be of interest to learned scholars and ample overexplanation for less knowledgeable readers.