The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Paperback)
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."
About the Author
Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestsellers No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, both of which have been translated into more than 25 languages with over a million copies in print. The Shock Doctrine was a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the year, and The Literary Review of Canada named No Logo one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. She is also the author of the essay collection Fences and Windows. With Avi Lewis, she co-created the documentary film The Take, which was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute’s Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular, internationally syndicated column. She has won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Toronto.
“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