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The Shock Doctrine Audiobook
The Shock Doctrine
Written by: 
Naomi Klein
Narrated by: 
Jennifer Wiltsie
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The Shock Doctrine Audiobook

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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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.

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

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    Harley 06-10-16
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    "THE RAW TRUTH ABOUT OUR NATION AND PLANET"

    Never have I understood the chaos and confusion of the world im in until i read this.

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    This book will anger you. If you want to understand the meaning of political parties and decisions for the last 40 years read this book.

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    "There Israel something sadistic about Naomi Klein"

    This was the third book of hers I read. Yes I liked it, but maybe since it touches some stuff linked to my own history, for the first time I am left with the feeling she only enjoys showing the world how bad human beings can be. I would love to work with her, research and write a collection of engaging and compelling books that showcase what is happening right now that is changing the world and helping us become our highest future self as humanity.

    Naomi, I will contact you to work on this project. You'll let me know if you are interested.

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    A city named Sandys Spring caught my attention..usa is could be to be controlled by corporatism

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    "Spot-on"

    As an economist this book has really inspired me to question paradigms and revisit my basics.

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    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    This book is one of the most disturbing I've ever read. I'm almost 60 years old and I lived through all of this, so to hear the history of Chile, Ewan Cameron, Katrina, Iraq, 9/11 reframed in this disaster capitalism theory context is almost too awful to bear. It is a book that I could only listen to in stages because my emotional reactions were so sharp. Jennifer Wiltsie is brilliant, and my new favorite narrator. Her calm delivery is perfect, and the way she'll turn a phrase or emphasize a particular thing demonstrates complete authority over the content. Very impressive. Whether you're a leftie or a conservative, this book will shock your senses. It is an important work of journalism and theory. A stunning repudiation of the trickle-down theory of economics we've been dealing with for the past 40 years.

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    Fantastic book. Really exposes the bad actors and the sadistic abuses and failures of neo-liberalism.

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    Noah 11-09-15
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    "Not for the faint of heart or"
    Where does The Shock Doctrine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The already disheartened or depressed.

    This is both the most horrifying and frightening book I have ever read. It was by no means pleasurable. I listened to it, but in a year or so I intend to read a hard copy and explore it's footnotes and sources. I know much of the history, all except how and why the Oslo accord was destined to fail in Israel and how Israel has capitalized from its own disasters. But the connecting the dots from each hot spot back into the early 70s. Again this is not a pretty book, but it is a very important book. And I am going to be haunted from here on out, with a newly opened eye to the man made and natural disasters that roll through this earth with alarmingly increasing frequency. Protect your ballot boxes, Americans, you are disposable.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That the dots connect all the way back to the early 1970s.


    What does Jennifer Wiltsie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wiltsie sounds like a really nice doctor with excellent bedside manner, delivering the worst possible news in a very kindly voice. She understands that the topic itself was incredibly upsetting and that no extra drama is required to bring home the dire news she is delivering.


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    Perry MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, United States 07-24-15
    Perry MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!!"

    This is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to listen to. It is well written and very educational. I recommend to anyone.

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    David Northern, Virginia 06-13-15
    David Northern, Virginia 06-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting but biased?"

    I found it hard at times to decipher fact from the authors personal bias or spin. Worth reading but not great.

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