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In the rubble of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans and ultrarich "Puertopians" are locked in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island. In this vital and startling investigation, The New York Times best-selling author and activist Naomi Klein uncovers how the forces of shock politics and disaster capitalism seek to undermine the nation's radical, resilient vision for a just recovery.

©2018 Naomi Klein (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I certainly put my full support behind Puerto Rico's right to control their own resources and to govern their own lives. Disaster capitalism sickens my stomach.

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A Must Read for ALL Puertorriqueños

Read it and you will understand, fully, why and what we went through after the Maria hurricane. Knowledge is the only answer to our crisis.

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Puerto Rico.. unfinished story

This was a well written and thoughtful short work about the people of Puerto Rico and the future of the island. I found it very interesting.

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Slave Mentality

It is an amazing book. It is unbelievable that we are still engaged in an economy that can be best as a slave economy. Sad...

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Neo-liberals at it again.

An informative but brief overview of Puerto Rico's myriad of challenges pre- and post- hurricane Maria, offering a glimpse of hope for the future and an outline to proceed.

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Wow: this is a MUST-LISTEN

I recommend this book to everyone who cares about America. We need to educate ourselves about the ways the US is hurting Puerto Rico.

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A needed read for any American

I truly enjoyed this book. I put it on for a listen while I cleaned my home and boy was I engaged. The book is quick read, but it packed full of informations: dates, times, places, names, people, etc.

I think that it is important that Americans read this book. We need to understand the damage of the abuse and neglect that PR has suffered while under colonial rule.

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Grateful Puerto Rican!

A profoundly moving and unfortunate reality -- truth that needs to be shared in the U.S., in particular, and globally.

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Communism will not save Puerto Rico

I agree with 90% of the problems identified, 30% of the thoughtless solutions, and 2% of the blame. I love the idea of a sovereign Puerto Rico, if not politically, then it's ability to provide for itself. Blaming men and colonialism portrayed a bitter woman who has a large heart and small brain. It is sad that another race of people are being lulled into dependence on government and communism. Building a lasting Puerto Rico takes 0% blame, 0% hand outs, 100% exile of large corporate influence, and 110% sacrifice. Puerto Rico is positioned to have 100% of the benefits to being in America and almost none of the hang-ups. It has to marry the opportunity with effort. take the good of everything and leave the bad on the mainland. The author criticized Disaster Economists, rightfully, but offers absolutely nothing in the way of solutions except for blaming men, colonialism, and capitalism. As if blame ever solved a problem. It's sad because this little podcast of a book could have been inspirational.

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NAOMI IN PUERTO RICO

I should have guessed that the DISASTER CAPITALISTs would be doing their dirty work in Puerto Rico just like they are in Oregon.

But there’s a race on now between capital (which moves fast) and the people’s movement (which develops over time). Naomi I determined to help the people win. Are YOU?