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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism | [Naomi Klein]

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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.
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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.

©2007 Naomi Klein; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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    "Reality Bites"

    This book is depressing, but needed. I was impressed by the amount of research the author put into this work. With every chapter I can see the reality of what we hear, or should I say what we don't hear, in our daily news.

    The reality of the political elite have messed with our minds and our citizens. The degradation caused by this administration spreads to the rest of the world as it was a very large supermarket with humans as commodities.

    I appreciated this honest and factual account of the state of economics and human suffering.

    I am better for the knowledge to make informed judgments when I go to the voting booth.

    Thank you Naomi for your hard work!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brook Birmingham, AL, USA 01-23-09
    Brook Birmingham, AL, USA 01-23-09
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    "Everyone needs this book."

    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.

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    Delano Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-07-11
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    "Worth every cent and every minute"

    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.

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    "Amazing, Incredible"

    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.

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    Jack Lunenburg, MA, United States 11-26-09
    Jack Lunenburg, MA, United States 11-26-09 Member Since 2009

    Avid listener of information that defines what a mess individuals have made of society, humanity and the planet itself.

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    "Everyone needs to hear this!"

    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.

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    "If Only We Knew..."

    ...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.

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    Scott APO, AE, United States 02-19-12
    Scott APO, AE, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fundamental reading"
    Would you listen to The Shock Doctrine again? Why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Thomas WATERFORD, MI, United States 10-08-11
    Thomas WATERFORD, MI, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2001

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    "read w/Confessions of an Economic Hitman books."

    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.

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    Dibuzu 08-23-09
    Dibuzu 08-23-09
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    "arguments obscured by personal agenda"

    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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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shock Doctrine to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but the audio version was disturbing enough!


    What other book might you compare The Shock Doctrine to and why?

    Not a book so much as a Documentary by Michael Moore; "Capitalism, A Love Story."


    What about Jennifer Wiltsie’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance!


    If you could give The Shock Doctrine a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "How To Destroy Civilization!"


    Any additional comments?

    The Shock Doctrine is disturbing...because by now we can SEE the truth of it! Sadly most Americans will NOT see the truth staring them in the face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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