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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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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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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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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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A great review of modern history and

a reminder of how quickly things change. Well narrated and very easy to listen to.

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Amazing book

Everyone should read this. Important, enlightening, and there isn’t a dull moment. Most people probably don’t know who Milton Freidman is, but his ideas have had a profoundly dangerous effect on the world

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Excellent. A harrowing read.

Topical and highly informative. Recommended for anyone skeptical about the goodness of free markets and private interest.

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A must read

It’s long, and it’s disturbing but this should be a must read for our times. The book is quite old now but the concepts remain the same. It’s interesting to see how the optimism of the conclusion has planned out now and it won’t take much for you to draw your own conclusions as to why. Incredible work.

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A good read but lacking in objectivity

Well written with clear themes. It suffers from a lack of serious and fair analysis of classical economic theory that gives the book a feeling of a conspiracy theory. Still worth reading for a good recent history lesson.

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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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  • 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