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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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  • 02-19-12

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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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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Missing sections from the book

Missing crucial sections of the book. Super Problematic. Downloaded this book for school. Now I have to go back and find what I missed. Downloaded it to save time. Now wasting time.

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Shocking Doctrine Included

Where does The Shock Doctrine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Naomi Kline's "The Shock Doctrine" was my first audio book. I absolutely loved it and was hanging on to every word.

What did you like best about this story?

Jennifer Wiltsie's performance.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

N/A

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Shock of Disaster Politics

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This is a must read for everyone, a truly analytical look at modern politics and disasters. The amount of research Naomi put into The Shock Doctrine sets this one apart from anything you can read over the past 15 years.

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Interesting.

Very interesting examination of information passively covered in the main stream media.

Today's decision makers would be wise to consider the contents of this book.

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Disturbing and enlightening

It is very well thought out and researched. I didn't agree with all the points but I could see their logic and validity.

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My cataracts of my world view removed

After reading Shock Doctrine, your understanding of past events will become crystal clear and you will be insulated from the shock of events as they occur in the future.

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Another must read

What Rumsfeld and Cheney did to our world shocked me. They and their cronies must be held accountable, and warerboarded.

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"The Lucky Get Kevlar, The Rest Get Prayer Beads"

Klein makes the metaphor of shock treatment (psychological experiments, which are torture by the definition of the word), and compares it to the economic dislocations and disasters to the success of Friedman's free market philosophy. Already we knew that pain, applied correctly, will disorient people. Disoriented people don’t fight back, nor can they even quite understand what’s happening around them until they regain their footing. At least 4/5ths of the book are devoted to the history of "shocking" local and national movements into disorientation. Some of the shocks were manufactured (violent coups, international currency manipulation), some were hijacked revolutions (South Africa, Russia, Poland), and some were natural disasters (the Tsunami a few years back, New Orleans), but with always the same result: foreign companies buy up everything in sight, plunging already impoverished and disoriented people into further pain and poverty. I can't decide whether I feel that her paranoia got out of control, or whether it is indeed a fair representation of US foreign policy over the last 30-40 years. It rings true, but I would need to do more research before forming a more concrete opinion.

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Super important book to understand current events

Super important interesting book that is well researched and well argued. Explains the trump playbook and allows us to see what his backers aim to achieve by breaking America.