The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine

By Naomi Klein

  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Business & Personal Finance
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The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global "free market" has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq

In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, 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.


  • Incredible book

    By blakeseely
    Thought-provoking and incredibly detailed. Every assertion backed up with research and sources. It challenges all notions of how free market economics have actually been implemented in the last 50 years - not really free, and not really for the benefit of the people.
  • Eye-opening

    By Rocketman14
    This book is as eye- opening as it gets. It truly shows the terrible depths our government is willing to sink to. But I think most importantly it shows how we as a society have let the profiteers hijack our country. It's time that this stuff stops. Isn't about time we stand up and say something to the Rumsfelds of the world.
  • Thought Provoking

    By lion1249
    The Shock Doctrine is truly eye-opening! There are no conspiracy theories in this book. There is proof for every statement Naomi makes and it is a must read for anyone who considers themselves an advocate for human rights.
  • Rrvolutionary

    By Emotion in my Mother's womb
    Naomi Klein dismantles daringly the accepted narrative of the last fifty years of economic history. This will tell the chilling and gruesome narrative of neo-liberalism that your AP US/Econ text "neglected" to teach you