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.
©2007 Naomi Klein; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
Well organized, easy to follow, and timely. Starting with the history of literal Shock Treatment and moving on through Milton Freedman's Economic Shock Theories to America's Shock and Awe treatment of civilian populations in war, Klein covers decades of decadence and brings it all together with detailed accounts of their disastrous effects in the US, Mexico, Iraq, Chile, Argentina and Russia. It's one of those books we wish our nationalistic friends and right-wing parents would read, but most merely 'could not' because so much of Klein's analysis and research counters their prevailing attitudes, beliefs and ideologies that are not allowed to be questioned because to them such critical analysis or research would be considered 'unpatriotic,' and their friends might even call them a 'liberal' for making the attempt. In short, this kind of book is excellent for people who want to know why and how and where and who; threatening for those who think they already do.
This book is great! I wish it had been read by the author, but the reader is a good second. The book itself is absolutely wonderful, if not heartbreaking.
Everyone should have this one in their library.
A very informative account of what goes wrong when deregulation and government privatization are taken too far. Unlike many books of this type, Klein never gets repetitive or preachy. I would have given it five stars except that having the unabridged version would be even better.
The writing is interesting and easy to follow even on audio. The narrator did an excellent job of giving just the right amount of emphasis without being overly dramatic.
This is a "Must Listen" book. It helped me understand why recent world history and current events are happening. So insightful. This woman is a genius.
Avid listener of information that defines what a mess individuals have made of society, humanity and the planet itself.
If main stream media ever had the courage to allow the author to enlighten the populace, she might be able to break the country out of the stupor we have been in for far too long.
...Thanks to Naomi Klein we see the REAL reason behind the corporatacracy that has unfolded in our country with the help of the current administration.
Yes, this book should be required reading for every HS and University student in America!
The absolute and incontrovertible information contained, should be absolutely known by everyone in our nation, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the principles of the Shock Doctrine.
You shouldn't be able to vote without reading this book...You should be deciding what kind of nation we are, not others in closed rooms.
Mostly non-fiction: biographies, history, science, etc.
The book argues against Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman's economic ideas and posits that he and the Chicago school are behind much policy mayhem, where the movement largely sweeps in during real and manufactured crises to force radical change on nations. The chapter on psychiatric shock therapy is a nice analogy for the author's claims with the covert experiments conducted by the psychiatrist Ewen Cameron in collusion with the Central Intelligence Agency. Then Klein details Friedman theories as an essential tool for authorities who have implemented aggressive/damaging free market reforms. This is an excellent companion read to the Confessions of an Economic Hitman books.
I liked the book. My problem is with Naomi’s constant, and aggressive attacks of the Republican Party. I don’t think her books need these sensationalized stabs at this party that she so obviously dislikes. On several occasions I was about to turn it off, and chalk it up to pandering to the liberal jib-jab, but she had some good points that kept me listening. It does open your eyes, although the concepts would be more valid without her political manipulations that constantly seem to appear in each chapter, and after each insight.
Excluding Naomi’s personal views, this book is very persuasive in the arguments that it makes, and causes one to think about the current affairs of the global manipulations by a few tinkers.
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