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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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    GEORGE F. OUTLAW JR. 08-22-17 Member Since 2017
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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?

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

    The Shock of Disaster Politics


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Kevin 07-14-17
    Kevin 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Jason Ian Anderson 04-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Intellectually dishonest"

    While I do not disagree with the authors primary thesis it's telling is wholly one sided choosing to castigate right wing GOVT while totally ignoring similar tactics used by the left. Her words drip with sarcasm and her bias is painfully apparent. I would have preferred a more balanced telling of the shock doctrine by elites of all ideological backgrounds. She may disagree that examples exist from the other side of the political divide but I would say there is demonstrable proof that they do.

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    Robert 03-30-17
    Robert 03-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    will be reading more work by this author. Klein has introduced many to the concept of disaster capitalism and it is important to have a firm understanding of it.

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    carmen salgado 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    Overall it was very good. However, I read the book and many parts were omitted.

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    Kristi 10-04-16
    Kristi 10-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Most important book on why Bush invaded Iraq"
    What did you love best about The Shock Doctrine?

    Very dry in the beginning, but the information about the Chicago School of Economics is needed to understand the rest of ring wing actions. You will understand why Cheney talked Bush into invading Iraq and the actions immediately after is why we are still there.


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    "Infuriating."

    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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    Mauro Locarnini 04-28-16 Member Since 2011
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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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    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 03-03-16
    Michael ARCADIA, CA, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fury and Agony"

    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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    Noah 11-09-15
    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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