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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: September 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maurice | 12/30/2013

    " The arrogance of the big players in the international economy, with the accompanying blithe scorn for those who delude themselves in their concern for their fellows in the social contract. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eeegooo | 12/6/2013

    " sarebbe da adottare come libro di testo a scuola, uno di quei libri che ti aiuta a capire il mondo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 12/2/2013

    " Best non-fiction book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting angle on liberal economy. Well worth thinking through. Naomi did it again. And more fun to read than No Logo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ferris | 10/25/2013

    " This is the best nonfiction book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 earle | 9/29/2013

    " a wonderful read however it the last few chapters were far gone from the proof given "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 juliana garcia | 7/31/2013

    " Wow!!!! Amazing read. Kicks you in the gutt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Mitchell | 6/30/2013

    " This book had me hooked up to the point when it covers American torture in Iraq. I will pick it up when this angry thought is not so raw. "

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    " how big brother makes you submissive and you don't even know it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/5/2013

    " This is probably in the top five most important books I have ever read. If you are an actively engaged American you should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Taylor | 9/9/2012

    " An amazing piece of work...just brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 7/30/2012

    " Throughout history, people have used crises to push through agendas that are too different from the status quo to do so otherwise. Somehow, this is shocking and terrifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Jewitt | 5/27/2012

    " An interesting and worthwhile read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/11/2012

    " Simply the most essential current events book I've read in ages and a much needed reframing of the real world consequences of laissez faire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary McLean | 9/17/2011

    " A sobering rethink of modern history, the role of corporations and outright greed that dictates the fate of millions of people around the globe. This analysis leaves you watching the news with a cautious eye and wondering what else is happening behind the headlines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/13/2011

    " This is the best nonfiction book I've ever read. "

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    " Fantastic read and powerful insights. Brilliant author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 5/4/2011

    " enthralling and scary as hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 5/4/2011

    " A little too conspiracy theory but fantastic history and thesis. Definitely worth reading for a different perspective on US "aid" to developing countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/27/2011

    " Good for what it is, but you'd do better to read marx, lenin, mao, etc. for a good theoretical framework to address politics "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/25/2011

    " Overall, She had some interesting facts, but I could not buy into alot of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 juliana | 4/21/2011

    " Wow!!!! Amazing read. Kicks you in the gutt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmie | 4/16/2011

    " This book makes me afraid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hugh | 4/10/2011

    " Excellent, thought-provoking, disturbing. Ending is encouraging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/8/2011

    " Painful... But in a good way. Well researched. We evidently did not heed Eisenhower's warning on the business/military/industrial complex. Why do we come down on the side of the have

    I have to read something lighter - just starting Hunger Games "

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