Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe

Author(s): Antony Loewenstein

non fiction

Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav-els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on or-ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining. What emerges through Loewenstein's re-porting is a dark history of multinational corpo-rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world's most valu-able commodity.


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"The forces of disaster capitalism are increasingly on the defensive, but their attacks on the global commons have expanded in the years since I wrote The Shock Doctrine. I am very grateful that Antony Loewenstein has brought his meticulous reporting to this subject, and the result is a keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents. This book will serve as a potent weapon for shock resistors around the world." - Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything "A devastating, incisive follow-up to Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine" - Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars "A journey into a world of mutated economics and corrupt politics that we ignore at our peril" - John Pilger, author of New Rulers of the World "Chilling study, based on careful and courageous reporting, and illuminated with perceptive analysis, helps us understand all too well the saying that man is a wolf to man." - Noam Chomsky "Our economic system now depends upon transforming emergency relief, incarceration and the processing of asylum seekers into profits... [an] unnerving and convincing book" - Owen Hatherley, Guardian

Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger who has written for the BBC, the Nation and the Washington Post. He's a weekly Guardian columnist and the author of three best-selling books, My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution and Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World. He is co-editor of After Zionism and Left Turn and co-writer of For God s Sake. His books have been translated, and his journalism has been a finalist in many global awards. He's currently working on a documentary about disaster capitalism. His website can be found at: http://antonyloewenstein.com; and Twitter: @antloewenstein

General Fields

  • : 9781784781187
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : November 2016
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Antony Loewenstein
  • : Paperback
  • : 384