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Not zombies so much as straw men, in this case. Quiggin, a professor of economics at the University of Queensland and a media talking head, says this book is meant to lay bare the assumptions of pro-market neo-liberalism that caused the global financial crisis. The trouble is, it’s hard to find persuasive examples to fit the argument. There is a persistent sense that Quiggin selects his evidence, taking extreme views and passing them off as mainstream thinking. There is a big gap between the view that markets are a good way of allocating resources at least, better than pervasive government decree and saying they are always right all the time, which Quiggin seems to believe is the norm and especially in the finance sector.