The Shock Doctrine offers stunning facts and indicting historical events, adeptly strung together in a narrative of free market ideology and reform over the last 50 years. The book offers the definitive history of a particular and particularly reprehensible vein of free market reform, disaster capitalism. The driving analogy compares disaster capitalism to torture, which shocks, distracts, and deconstructs the popular identity while agents provocateurs slip in otherwise rejected reforms. These reforms have vast repercussions to all affected.
I wrote this summary several months after reading the book, based on notes I took. Any mistakes, misquotes, or omissions in the summary are likely mine; correct factual information and analysis is Naomi Klein’s. As I try to outline the history and concepts from The Shock Doctrine, I’m not trying to take credit. I’m also not trying to make any money, so please, nobody sue me.
I’m not attempting to critique or review the book but to summarize it as comprehensively as I can. This summary is not a substitute: Please Read The Shock Doctrine.