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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Business & Personal Finance
RELEASED
2010
April 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
576
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

Rocketman14 ,

Eye-opening

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.

lovegolfing ,

Must Read

If you believe in democracy as much as you claim, you owe it to yourself to read this book!

blakeseely ,

Incredible book

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.

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