Naomi Klein

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The Shock Doctrine

Warwick Prize for Writing
book | Non-Fiction | 2007
US → Metropolitan Books (Ed. Frances Coady)
Canada → Knopf (Ed. Louise Dennys)
UK & Comm → Allen Lane (Ed. Helen Conford)
ANZ → Penguin

'Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell' - John lé Carre

In her ground-breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations. She called it 'disaster capitalism'.

Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, and 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 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. By capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, Klein argues that 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.

Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era.

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Reviews

Brilliant, brave and terrifying. Arundhati Roy

With a bold and brilliantly conceived thesis, skillfully and cogently threaded through more than 500 pages of trenchant writing, Klein may well have revealed the master narrative of our time. San Francisco Chronicle

Klein...tracks the forced imposition of economic privatization, rife with multinational corporate parasites, on areas and nations weakened by war, civil strife or natural disasters.
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