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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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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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Love Naomi Klein

This is the 3rd Naomi Klein book I have read and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. She has a way of writing in a way that shocks but is also written with kindness and compassion. I love how she lends opportunities for people who may never get the chance to tell their stories, that she writes in a way that focuses on them and their struggles and Naomi doesn’t steal it from them. This book has really enlightened me to the ideologies being used on us, in Australia, to further our government interests and those of corporate Australia. We have our very own Committee at the moment made up of CEO’s to supposedly guide us out of COVID and here they are pushing a gas led recovery when many of the CEO’s are gas or energy CEO’s. Sigh

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eye opener to the world we're living in!

this book has completly opebed my eyes to the world around me. 2020 must read!

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Vital reading for 2020

Naomi Klein warns against the Disaster Capitalists, who profit from misery and crisis. A must read in the midst of the current global pandemic and economic downfall - forewarned is forearmed!

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Don’t read unless you are prepared to come out of the matrix.

A compelling and riveting story of the unseen forces in our life and times. Klein explains the drivers behind the previously inexplicable demise of our communities, countries and civilisation. It left me feeling angry but compassionate and most of all finally understanding how power and self-interest have conspired in previously unseen ways.

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Elites get even richer, you're not welcome.

The controlling elites have found a way to become even wealthier at your expense! Fear and continual war are a business for them to profit from... they use large sections of the media to spread their propaganda. They control governments to benefit and protect themselves only. Current political and financial systems are failing most of society.

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Informative beyond measure

A book I feel everyone needs to read/listen. Opened my eyes more to the corruption amongst governments around the globe and their motives for such. Highly recommend

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  • Tim
  • 08-04-2019

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
  • 17-03-2019

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

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  • C M Wright
  • 18-07-2019

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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  • Chris N.
  • 25-08-2019

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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  • Omar days
  • 16-05-2019

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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  • Sarah T
  • 28-03-2019

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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  • Tumski
  • 16-07-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2020

Eye opener

This was a complete eye opener for me. I hadn’t realised the extent of disaster economics. This is a very long book but well worth it. I’m now going to read the follow on book, relevant to where we are now.

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  • Jim W
  • 15-07-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2020

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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  • SamR
  • 10-06-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2020

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.