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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, read by Katherine Fenton.

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos, exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors.  

Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors' beliefs now dominate our world - and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq - this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.     

©2018 Naomi Klein (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"Packed with thinking dynamite...a book to be read everywhere." (John Berger)

"If you only read one non-fiction book this year, make it this one." (Metro Books of the Year) 

"There are a few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books." (John Gray, Guardian)

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If you want to stay deluded and Ill informed, don't read this book!!

Despite this book's unapologetic leftist perspective, the skill of the writer and the breadth and depth of knowledge on display make for a clear and convincing argumentative trajectory..
A dark and sobering masterpiece.







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Absolutely essential

Do you ever think the world is going to hell and those in power seem unable to stop it? Looking at the world through Klein’s eyes makes you realise that not only are they complicit, the crazed ideologies they dress up as ‘progress’ and ‘growth’ are not only destroying the planet but causing never ending suffering for the people who inhabit it.
A thoroughly fascinating read. Gripping, heart wrenching and a wake up call that should be compulsory reading for all.

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Eye opening

This is a must read book. It provides insight into the horrors that US and global powers have and continue to get away with in the name of 'democracy' and capitalism. It will change your perspective on world events and current affairs, and the hidden agenda behind them.

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A book every one should read!

Fascinating, eye opening, stressful, depressing but an essential read/listen for everyone interested in the world!

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Absolutely brilliant. Everyone should read this.

A history lesson and a lesson into what to keep an eye out for should you ever find yourself in 'shock'. Absolutely brilliant. Everyone should read this book.

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An excellent book

A shocking insight in to the destruction inflicted by Western Neoliberal interventions, the lies required to enable it and the misery created by it.

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Interesting polemic

I want to agree with Klein. She makes good points. But she doesn’t follow up with detailed facts or analysis. She simplifies. She conflates capitalism with corporatism. She equates the New York Times, which prints a variety of opinions, with tyrants. She has written an interesting polemic. Maybe somewhere, after I stopped listening, she settled down to examine each situation, with names and dates and facts. But to bounce within a few paragraphs from New Orleans to Sri Lanka to Russia to Iraq is just too much. To argue that the first step must be a disaster, the shock in the doctrine, when in fact you can often just pay a few bribes, weakens her argument. By the end of the second chapter, I just couldn’t listen any more. Too bad. Better presented, this book and its thesis could be quite powerful.

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  • 08-04-19

An absolute must-read for critics of capitalism

I had heard a lot of off-hand references to the Shock Doctrine from many thinkers critical of modern capitalism, and now I see why. This book is an amazingly comprehensive account of the formation of the disaster capitalism operating behind the scenes of all of today's most insidious neoliberal global forces. The book's account ends around 2006, and by the end, your only wish is that it would keep going to provide that same clarity to the years encompassing the great recession and the subsequent set of reactionary right-wing turns in governments around the world. If you want a better sense of how and when democracy and capitalism come into conflict with each other, I can't recommend a better entry point than The Shock Doctrine.

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  • Nadia
  • 17-03-19

Absolutely unparalleled!

Probably the most important and compelling noon fiction read in me life. Diagnosis is half the way for any soliton to a difficult situation. thanks