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  • Published: 18 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241635902
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $28.99

The Invisible Doctrine

The Secret History of Neoliberalism (& How It Came To Control Your Life)

How can you fight something if you don’t know it exists?

We live under an ideology that preys on every aspect of our lives: our education and our jobs; our healthcare and our leisure; our relationships and our mental wellbeing; the planet we inhabit – the very air we breathe. So pervasive has it become that, for most people, it has no name. It seems unavoidable, like a natural law.

But trace it back to its roots, and we discover that it is neither inevitable nor immutable. It was conceived, propagated, and then concealed by the powerful few. Our task is to bring it into the light—and to build a new system that is worth fighting for.

Neoliberalism. Do you know what it is?

  • Published: 18 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241635902
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $28.99

About the authors

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times.

Praise for The Invisible Doctrine

A gem of a book

Bill McKibben

Explosive and beautifully told … these truths can set us free

Danny Dorling

This brave book borders on being a page turner … ‘The Secret History of Neoliberalism’ is really the ultimate crime novel, one in which we all play a part

Kevin Anderson

Compelling ... Monbiot and Hutchison shine a bright spotlight on the ideology that governs our lives

Julia Steinberger

Incisive, illuminating, eye-opening—an unsparing anatomy of the great ideological beast stalking our times

David Wallace-Wells

The Invisible Doctrine is everything you need. Monbiot and Hutchinson have written the definitive short history of the neoliberal confidence trick

Yanis Varoufakis

Mrs Thatcher was wrong: there is an alternative. Read this book and rebel

Guy Shrubsole

Read it, get angry, demand better!

Gaia Vince

Vital, vivid, compelling. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how dark money and hidden influence have taken over politics - and the world

Peter Geoghegan

An urgent unmasking of some of the most powerful and insidious yet overlooked ideas of our era

Olúfemi O. Táíwò

This book is dynamite – shining a spotlight on the evils of neoliberalism, shattering the myth that ‘there is no alternative’, and laying the foundations for a new politics

Caroline Lucas

This is the book we have been waiting for. Read it, discuss it with your friends, and join the resistance!

Ingrid Robeyns

A powerful, punchy exposé of the invisible powers that block the road to human and planetary well-being - a must-read

Kate Pickett

An essential and urgent book that exposes and eviscerates neoliberalism's gruesome creeds with crystal-clear and vital prose. Monbiot and Hutchison have written an accessible, smart, fascinating and readable book which explains the mess we're in, removes the scales from our eyes, and, crucially, shows that an alternative world is possible

Lucy Jones

Powerfully sharp analysis of the most dangerous economic system on the planet

Kate Raworth

At a time when the arguments for neoliberalism appear to be taking hold again, in this timely book the authors explain, expose and soundly demolish the concept and its practice with an intellectual vengeance

John McDonnell

This book made my blood boil! It tells the infuriating truth about the destructive ideas that have captured politics for a generation and ripped the heart out of our societies

Richard Wilkinson

A passionate, informed polemic … packed with detail and incisive analysis


This book is fantastic

Mark Ruffalo