Confessions of An Economic Hit Man

Confessions of An Economic Hit Man

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Penguin Putnam
From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations

With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including:

  • How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
  • The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
  • Tragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
  • The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy
  • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela

From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. Having raised the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.


Random House, Inc.
From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations

With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including:

  • How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
  • The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
  • Tragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
  • The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy
  • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela


From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. Having raised the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.



Baker & Taylor
A former consultant to the U.S. government reveals the inner workings of the high-stakes economic game that encourages Third World economies to borrow money so that major corporations like Halliburton end up getting the contracts.

Baker
& Taylor

Updated with an all-new epilogue, a provocative study by a former consultant to the U.S. government reveals the inner workings of the high-stakes economic game that encourages third world economies to borrow money so that major corporations like Halliburton end up getting the lucrative contracts. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Plume, 2006
ISBN: 9780452287082
0452287081
Branch Call Number: 332.042 PER
Characteristics: xxv, 303 p. ; 21 cm

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gramercygal Mar 22, 2014

This book should be required reading for anyone in HS and older. Learn how our country is screwing over the world. Raping their natural resources for our own gains ... (esp the oil companies) Destroying the rain forests; ending the growth of plants that could eventually save our lives, just so US Corps can make more and more profit. Not only that, we force these countries to borrow money that they will never be able to pay back at the interest rates we charge them, so they will be beholden to us eternally (or whenever this planet dies ... whichever comes first)

WARNING: This story will make you sad and nauseous ... but should be read to inspire us to become more proactive in our politics here.

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AndrewG_pdx
Dec 21, 2013

Read it and weep.
If you want peace, work for justice.

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StarGladiator
Sep 06, 2013

This book is generally truthful (again, in the general sense only), but do take a skeptical attitude towards this. Perkins does a "tell all" ONLY after he's got all his money from them - - also, Perkins is evidently too spineless to state that he was working for either the Cabot Corporation, or a subsidiary of them. What he describes, Booz-Allen has long been guilty of, yet another "economic hitman firm." Real whistleblowers do so ASAP, not after they've retired with great pensions and perks from Cigna, or this guy from this firm, and so on. (The four Middle Eastern countries which didn't sign on to the banksters' WTO Financial Services Agreement were Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria. Iraq and Libya have been taken care of, now we await Syria and Iran and the aggression aimed at those two countries?)

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JoseRaez
Oct 18, 2011

This book is well written and very enlightening. It may come as a surprise to North Americans how "economic hit men" operated and still operate in developing countries, but people living in those countries already knew (since the 50's) how the U.S. expanded its influence in the world...through economic means and by overthrowing governments. To be honest, the Soviets engaged in the same activities (including terrorism). It was all part of the Cold War. I just have a few reservations regarding the "confessions" of the author, as the way this book is written seems to appeal to an audience with progressive/slightly leftist ideals. That is curious. The authors confesses that he used to lie for a living...well it is hard to believe a liar once again.

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oldman74
Jan 23, 2011

you remember the coalition of the willing? you wonder where the allies that support the USA's belligerent military escapades into the middle east come from?

there are these "economic hitmen" that go into developing nations and loan money that, more likely than not, will not be repaid. instead, this loan sharking or predatory lending develops a dependence by these countries on the USA and allows us to use them much like a mafioso would his debtors.

this is a very tragic book that pulls the curtains back and shows you just what those ivy-leaguers are doing behind the scenes to make this country great, and you will feel sorry for these countries that have no choice but to follow america's orders.

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library_babe
Oct 12, 2010

This autobiography is an intriguing story of an economic hit man. It is the balance of a personal confession story and an insight to the history of American economics and it's impact of world politics. The books starts off slow but gets better towards the end. John Perkins has a list of notes and references for anyone wanting further information.

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