The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein audiobook

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

By Naomi Klein
Read by Jennifer Wiltsie

Macmillan Audio 9781427200884
9.03 Hours Abridged
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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 so 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 fifty years.

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Summary

Summary

A London Guardian Pick of Best Books of the 21st Century

New York Times bestseller

A Seattle Times Best Books of the Year

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

A Village Voice Literary Supplement 25 Favorite Book of the Year selection

A BookRiot Pick of Must-Listen Audiobooks for Your Commute

Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2007

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 so 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 fifty years.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell.” John le Carré, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A movement bible. The New York Times on No Logo
"The Shock Doctrine is the defining, covert history of our era.” Jeremy Scahill, New York Times bestselling author
“Provides a rich description of the political machinations required to force unsavory economic policies on resisting countries—and of the human toll. She paints a disturbing portrait of hubris, not only on the part of Friedman but also of those who adopted his doctrines, sometimes to pursue more corporatist objectives.” New York Times
"For the vigor and accessibility with which she marshals her argument, Naomi Klein is well worth reading.” Washington Post
“Bold and brilliantly conceived…Klein may well have revealed the master narrative of our time.” San Francisco Chronicle
“In this urgent examination of free-market fundamentalism, Klein argues – with accompanying reportage – that the social breakdowns witnessed during decades of neoliberal economic policies are not accidental, but in fact integral to the functioning of the free market, which relies on disaster and human suffering to function.” The Guardian (London)
“A book without peer, an epic and riveting work…Naomi Klein offers nothing short of a new paradigm for understanding politics…Her book is honest, urgent, and necessary to read.” Anthony Shadid, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

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Author

Author Bio: Naomi Klein

Author Bio: Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English