The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine

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 lan...

Details The Shock Doctrine

TitleThe Shock Doctrine
Release DateSep 18th, 2007
PublisherMetropolitan Books
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Economics, History, Sociology

Reviews The Shock Doctrine

  • Trevor
    There is a part of me that would like to make this review a bit funny. This is a deeply disturbing book. I’ve a preference for humour as a means of confronting the deeply disturbing. But I can’t bring myself to say anything remotely funny about this book.Klein compares some psychological experiments (torture by any reasonable definition of the word) carried out in the 1950s in Canada (funded by the CIA off US soil so they could plausibly deny...
  • Bill Kerwin
    Using shock treatment as a metaphor, Klein analyzes the importance of economic dislocations and disasters to the success of Milton Friedman's free market philosophy. This is an important book, and shows why the apparent stupidities of the Bush administration in Iraq and Katrina are actually deliberate measures designed to daze and demoralize people into accepting a radical free-market agenda.
  • Amr Mohamed
    يعتبر هذا الكتاب من اهم الكتب الى ممكن تقراءها فى حياتك .. كتاب به كمية معلومات سياسية وتاريخية واقتصادية مبذول فيه جهد خرافى ..الكاتبة نقلتك من تشيلى وانقلاب بينوشيه الى بوليفيا والارجنتين والبرازيل لانجلترا وبولندا لروسيا للصين لتايلاند وسيريلا...
  • James
    “The lucky get Kevlar, the rest get prayer beads.”This is a chilling, writhing outrage of a book. A hideous, squealing beast of a book that cannot and should not be ignored.Klein has dropped the curtain on an ugly, malevolent Wizard. When these kind of curtains drop, we never like what we see. Like so many of these kinds of leftist exposes on conservatives, the Bush Administration, the neocons and their rabble, this book needn’t have been w...
  • Will Byrnes
    This was a very illuminating work about how chaotic situations are used, and sometimes created, as cover for the imposition of drastic economic and political reorganization in vulnerable economies. The end product of these actions is a so-called free market model as advocated by the Chicago School of Milton Friedman and his acolytes. Examples used include Chile, China, Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa, Russia, among others. The technique is for w...
  • David Gross
    I only got about into this. I don't like the shifty way Klein argues her points. I felt like I was being propagandized rather than educated.Much of her main “shock doctrine” argument seems to be just sort of a tightly-woven set of linguistic parallels that are meant to suggest causation. Something like: Hitler had the autobahn built. The autobahn allowed drivers to finally race where they wanted to go. Hitler crafted what he thought of as th...
  • Riku Sayuj
    "Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent." ~ MaoI read it once, and I couldn't believe it.I tried reading it again and I believe it even less.I want to, honestly. And I feel as strongly as the author that The Shock Doctrine is changing the world. But it runs in the face of all economics I have been taught and I find myself scorning and muttering 'alarmist' to some of the more provocative paragraphs. Thesis: The histo...
  • Evan
    This is an ambitious book. It tries to tie the economic politics of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia (in the 1970s), Russia, Poland, China, South Africa (in the 1980s and early nineties), the war in Iraq, the tsunami, and hurricane Katrina into a unified theory. Obviously, certain investigative and interpretive biases are required to make this work. Third world nationalism and developmentalism, in general, get off pretty easy in Klein's analysis. As a s...
  • Kamal Sabry Shaker
    كتاب رائع ترجمة سهلة وبديعة أفكار واضحة وبسيطة عمل رائع فى مجملهيتحدث الكتاب عن سيناريو متكرر فى أعقاب الحوادث والازمات والكوارث الكبرى سواء أكانت انقلابات او او مذابح او حتى كوارث طبيعية السيناريو يتمحور حول صدم الشعب بقرارات اقتصادية ذات اثار ...
  • Raya راية
    واحد من أهم الكتب التي قرأتها وسأقرؤها في حياتي! كتاب ضخم وصعب أيضاً كون هذه المرة الأولى التي أسبر فيها غور الاقتصاد السياسي.تشرح الكاتبة نظام عقيدة الصدمة المرتبط بحدوث الكوارث -بكافة أشكالها-، فظائع النظام الرأسمالي، تحرير الأسواق، الخصخصة، مد...
  • Joseph
    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein is the story of where and how capitalism is evolving in our society. I first heard Klein last week as a guest on Bill Mahr’s Real Time and I was pretty intrigued. I followed that up with watching her TED Talk and a trip to my local library. Klein is a writer, journalist, and film maker. She writes a syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian, and covered the Iraq war for ...
  • Hesham Khaled
    "الخوف والفوضى هما المحفزان لكلّ قفزة جديدة إلى الأمام" العظيمات هنّ العظيماتوثائقي عقيدة الصدمة تبدأ الكاتبة بمشهد من إعصار كاترينا في الولايات المتحدة تصف فيه حال المنكوبين وقتها. .لتشرح بعد ذلك استغلال ميلتون فريدمان -الأ...
  • Rhyd Wildermuth
    I just finished The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein. It came out months ago, and I would’ve read it sooner had it not cost $45 dollars in Canada. Much of the information meticulously detailed in the book was already available in Harper’s Magazine and DemocracyNow!, though never put together so throroughly. She begins her book with a discussion of a canadian woman who endured several years of experimental psychi...
  • Szplug
    One of the problems with Klein's bestselling jeremiad against the progressive global implementation of so-called free market policies over the past four decades is her attempts to link them, as a calculated stratagem, to the unsavory experimentation conducted in the fifties and sixties, by the CIA and their associated medical personnel, with personality modification and torture techniques designed to harvest information from subjects after render...
  • Manny
    A very disturbing book indeed. I can't decide whether I feel that her paranoia got out of control, or whether it is indeed a fair representation of US foreign policy over the last 30-40 years. A lot of it rings true. Though I hope that the links between torture and economic theory are not as clear as she paints them... that was the part I had the hardest time swallowing. Maybe we will learn more now that the Neo-Cons are going to lose control of ...
  • Nick
    (spoilers ahead, but it's not fiction so don't worry about it)Where do I begin? This is a failed Noam Chomsky book.Firstly, Klein is working with a strange definition of capitalism. When the free market economists who Klein refers to (like Friedman and Hayek) talk about capitalism they are referring to an economic system free of government intervention. Klein however uses the word capitalist to refer to the current economic model– one in which ...
  • Chloe
    As someone who used to consume nonfiction with the voracious appetite of a trucker at an Old Country Buffet, I find it odd and not a little unsettling that, since joining Goodreads, a solid 95% of my reading material has come from the fiction side of the bookstore. While this has definitely helped fill some dramatic gaps in my knowledge, it was with much relief that I tucked myself into Klein's The Shock Doctrine earlier this week. I'd attempted ...
  • Grant
    I would seriously like to see every human on this planet read this book. I can’t think of any other book I would more highly recommend today.The whole text was rich in the exposing of history and deep analysis. I strongly encourage anyone reading it to stick through to the end. The bulk of the book covers quite terrible things in the world, but the last chapter actually made me very hopeful and inspired.Utterly brilliant!
  • Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
    Because I'm about 3 pages away from returning it to the library, I've all but stopped reading this (and a buddy has told me that there are only specific passages that are worth reading, so I'll go find them, instead). It is so full of ad hominem, straw man, "just-because-it-was-done-by-the-GOP,-free-marketists,-or-people-who-liked-Milton-Friedman,-so-it-MUST-be-bad" arguments that I am wondering what it I am supposed to get out of what feels a lo...
  • Riya
    There are many detailed and eloquent reviews of this book already; however, I still feel like I have to write a review about this important book. I've wondered for years why the world is the way it is. Why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Why countries in Latin America and Africa are so poor and undeveloped. "Geez, South Africa, why can't you just get your s**t together and be like America? In fact, why can't all these countries be li...
  • Whitaker
    Three recent articles in The Guardian are particularly interesting in the light of Naomi Klein’s conclusions in this book. On the one hand, "'Day of Wrath' brings Russians on to the streets against Vladimir Putin" bears out her thesis of citizen blowback against unrestrained capitalism. So apparently does "How China's internet generation broke the silence". That article, however, goes on to note: Many in the west see it as self-evident that an ...
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
    This book can affect worldview, authority faith and believe in official history Please note that I have put the original German to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.Klein unleashes the shocking and disturbing facts of an economic policy practiced over more than four decades that can be described as a novelty of contempt for human beings, megalomania, and madness. Also, that wants to mean something because of the recent, not ...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    'The Shock Doctrine' describes how rich men rape poor countries while supposedly saving it. It is a sickening read. The book describes how Milton Friedman's economic theories work when put into practice by admirers such as the American Republican Party, and the second President George Bush. Friedman's ideas have consistently produced failing States. Iraq is one example the author discusses with plenty of evidence of how it is done: outsource the ...
  • Jose Moa
    The extremisms and fanatisms normally gets out the worst of the human being giving way to intolerance and many times physical elimination of those that dont share its ideas and by that giving way to mass murders and genocides.There are religion,racial and politic economic extermisms or fanatisms,In the 20 century there were several mass murders and genocides originated in this extremisms.The christian Armenian genocide was a religious genocide.Th...
  • imane
    اذا ضربت بقدمك الارض وضرب الاخر بقدمه الارض كلاكما قوي ستصلان الى حل وسط يرضي الطرفين. اذا ضرب الاخر بقدمه الارض وانت لم تضرب سيدوس عليك سيسحقك اذا ضربت انت بقدمك الارض ولم يضرب الاخر ستسحقه. وهذه خلاصة اللعبةفي بعض الاحيان افكر اذا كانت اللعبة فيه...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    There is a kind of history that gets overlooked, that doesn't get taught in schools or universities aside from a fourth-year optional course that no one bothers to take. It's a history that is fundamental to understanding our world, both past and present and where the hell we're going. It's a history that touches everyone, regardless of class, gender, race or age, but that slips out the back door before anyone thinks to call it to account, put it...
  • Conor
    Not sure how much more piercing looks I can take into America's rotten, blackened core, but that is due more to fatigue than to any criticism I had of this book. Klein presents to us a world that is so paralyzed and bamboozled by entropy and bureaucracy that the only way to catalyze meaningful change is to either take advantage of or foment massive disasters--whether in terms of disaster response, warfare, or regime change. She starts with Allend...
  • Mark
    Dear Naomi Klein, I recently finished reading your latest book, The Shock Doctrine. Your detailed account of the connections between neoliberal economic policy and the use of violent repression, the decline of welfare states, and the rise of corporatized war and disaster capitalism is compelling. You thread together the recent histories of military brutality in the Southern Cone of South America, union busting in Margaret Thatcher’s England, an...
  • Maura
    Wow. This and Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America, which Klein cited frequently, are the two best books I've read in years.What's amazing is that none of the historical or current events she covered were really new to me--I read the papers, I'm up on my Latin American history, and I'd had a basic understanding of Chicago School ideology... but she pointed out connections between them all that I hadn't seen before. I felt her analogizes ...
  • Becky
    I'm going to begin this review with the most important part: Read this book. I've wanted to read this book for quite a while, being that I like to think I'm not a complete political dumbass. I know that George "Dubya" Bush's administration was corrupt and a disease-ridden greed breeding-ground. I knew that Dick Cheney isn't to be trusted as far as a paraplegic could throw him, that Dubya himself is far from being the no-brain borderline illiterat...