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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Klein Narrator: Jennifer Wiltsie Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term disaster capitalism. Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic shock treatment: losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

The Shock Doctrine retells the story of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free market economic revolution. In contrast to the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in many parts of the world, from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia and Iraq.

At the core of disaster capitalism is the use of cataclysmic events to advance radical privatization, combined with the privatization of the disaster response itself. Klein argues that by capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy and is the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for 50 years.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by rope | 2/15/2014

    " The author tries to pass off this obvious piece of fiction as academic scripture. Any political science, 20th century history, or economics course of the university grade would pass this off as a comical farce. Hard to read at times. The truth is out there... just don't look for it in this book... With that said, I do believe in free speech, and congratulate Klein on exercising that value to the fullest. An audience does exist for her somewhere, just not in me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mario D'Amore | 2/11/2014

    " really clever explanation of last 30 years of geo-politics/economics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shauna | 2/10/2014

    " Eye opening book. Sometimes too speculative/conspiracy theory oriented, but nevertheless important to read for an alternate interpretation of current events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zach S. | 1/25/2014

    " Groundbreaking work describing the partnership of Economics and Politics at its worst. Free market ideology was forced on countries that had just undergone major "shocks", and the outcome was not positive, to say the least. Klein also shows how our failure to learn from the lessons of our past lead to the same "shock doctrine" and horrendous outcomes in the War in Iraq. Also, a condemnation of Jeffrey Sach's past... I had no idea that he was a free-market zombie before more recently changing for the better. "

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