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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein

Picador

In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."

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  PART 1TWO DOCTOR SHOCKSRESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.—George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
 The Industrial Revolution was merely the beginning of a revolution as extreme and radical as ever inflamed the minds of sectarians, but the problems could be resolved given an unlimited amount of material commodities.—Karl Polanyi, The Great TransformationCHAPTER 1THE TORTURE LABEWEN CAMERON, THE CIA AND THE
MANIACAL QUEST TO ERASE AND
REMAKE THE HUMAN MIND
 Their minds seem like clean slates
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  • Naomi Klein on The Rachel Maddow Show

    Naomi talks to Rachel Maddow about how the Shock Doctrine applies to recent attacks on unions. March 8, 2011

  • Naomi Klein talks to MSNBC about the Shock Doctrine

    Naomi discusses the attack on public-sector unions in Wisconsin with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. February 18, 2011

  • Naomi Klein on The Joy Behar Show

    Naomi Klein and Ana Marie Cox discuss Sarah Palin on The Joy Behar Show. November 18, 2009

  • Naomi Klein vs Fox Business News

    Naomi Klein debunks Bush's offshore drilling plan on Fox Business News' Happy Hour Program. July 17, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein Discusses Bank Bailouts on MSNBC

    Naomi Klein discusses the mortgage crisis and bank bailouts on MSNBC with David Shuster. September 12, 2008

  • Naomi Klein and Tavis, Part I

    Naomi Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, appeared on Tavis Smiley's show on June 27, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein and Tavis, Part II

    Naomi Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, appeared on Tavis Smiley's show on June 27, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein in conversation with Gael Garcia Bernal

    Naomi Klein discusses the narrative of colonialism with actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

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Praise for The Shock Doctrine

"Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell."--John le Carré

"Bold and brilliantly conceived . . . Klein may well have revealed the master narrative of our time."--William S. Kowinski, San Francisco Chronicle

"This is a brilliant book, one of the most important I have read in a long time."--Howard Zinn

"Klein 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."--Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant, brave, and terrifying book. It's nothing less than the secret history of what we call the 'free market.' It should be compulsory reading."--Arundhati Roy

"Pulls the curtain back on free-market myths and exposes the forces that are really driving our economy . . . Klein's book is powerful and prophetic. . . . A brilliant dissection."--Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post

"Naomi Klein is one of the most important new voices in American journalism today."--Seymour M. Hersh

"The Shock Doctrine is the defining, covert history of our era."--Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Naomi Klein

  • NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called “a movement bible” by The New York Times. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper’s Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein

Warwick Prize for Writing Winner
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