The Shock Doctrine

  • by Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!!!

Well, wonderful. Everybody is praising Naomi for her great work. After you're all done congratulating her, don't forget to dig in and get to work. Make sure everybody you know listens to this book. If only half of what she says is correct, then we are the evil empire. The evils done to the citizens of Iraq dwarf anything Hollywood can ever come up with. I am still conservative. But we need to get the spending power out of the hands of the Federal Government. We need to replace congress with men of courage and integrity who refuse funding from special interests.
Please don't say depressing, this book is infuriating and motivating. We can't afford to be depressed.

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- Joel L Posner

You can't be neutral...

The book is extremely well researched and well referenced. You don't get that from the audio book but the hard copy has pages and pages of references with every assertion being footnoted and linked to the original information source. The Shock Doctrine is very factual, hard-hitting, and packed with information you won't get from the sterilized, "politically-correct" and controversy-free mainstream and thus will be hard to swallow for those used to being brainwashed. It is a must read (not just listen) for everyone considering themselves a free thinker. If you are only getting the book on audio, I would strongly recommend the unabridged version.
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- Nika

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio