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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein details what she sees as the American government's unsaid policy of destroying economies to rebuild them in their mold of free-market capitalism, adding wealth to the corporations that support the politicians. She provides examples of this disaster capitalism, including the destruction and rebuilding of economies in Pinochet's Chile, Bolivia after its hyperinflation of the 80s, Poland, Russia, Argentina, and South Africa, plus the war in Iraq. She also shows how they take advantage of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami, slowing rebuilding so the profiteers can rebuild the cities and resorts to benefit themselves. The Shock Doctrine has received mixed reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "The connections are daring in journalist Naomi Klein's new book, "The Shock Doctrine, but the result is convincing. 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. And because the pattern she exposes could govern our future as well, The Shock Doctrine could turn out to be among the most important books of the decade."