Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Nov 9, 2004 - 250 pages
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Find out more about this important book and the worldwide movement it has spawned at www.economichitman.com A New York Times bestseller! Read what people are saying about this book and join the conversation--visit our Confessions blog today Read a transcript of John Perkins' recent interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! Read David Korten's review on www.dragonflymedia.com An extraordinary, real-life tale of international intrigue and corruption Reveals the hidden mechanics of imperial control behind such major international events as the fall of the Shah, the death of Panamanian president Omar Torrijos, and the invasions of Panama and Iraq, as well as providing an inside view of the corrupt U.S.-Saudi Arabian relationship One man's personal journey from eager servant of empire to impassioned advocate for the rights of oppressed people In his controversial book, John Perkins tells the gripping tale of the years he spent working for an international consulting firm where his job was to convince underdeveloped countries to accept enormous loans, much bigger than they really needed, for infrastructure development--and to make sure that the development projects were contracted to U. S. multinationals. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the American government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able, by dictating repayment terms, to essentially control their economies. It was not unlike the way a loan shark operates--and Perkins and his colleagues didn't shun this kind of unsavory association. They referred to themselves as "economic hit men." This is a story of international political intrigue at the highest levels. For over a decade Perkins traveled all over the world--Indonesia, Panama, Ecuador, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran--and worked with men like Panamanian president Omar Torrijos, who became a personal friend. He helped implement a secret scheme that funneled billions of Saudi petrodollars back into the U. S. economy, and that further cemented the intimate relationship between the Islamic fundamentalist House of Saud and a succession of American administrations. Perkins' story illuminates just how far economic hit men were willing to go, and unveils the real causes of some of the most dramatic developments in recent history, such as the fall of the Shah of Iran and the invasions of Panama and Iraq. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which many people urged Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences for both the lesser-developed countries and for American democracy.
  

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Good writer, Easy to read. - Goodreads
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Awesome insight into how America is globalizing. - Goodreads
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They meet in dark rooms and plot our destruction! - Goodreads

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Really put things into perspective. A great read on how America bankrupted the 3rd world. Read full review

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This is a disturbing book. How can anyone fight against a systems like this? Its impossible unless you kill everyone and that is almost impossible. With that said, no one is safe against this type of system. Especially poor people. Read full review

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Contents

An Economic Hit Man Is Born
3
In for Life
18
Indonesia Lessons for an EHM
31
Saving a Country from Communism
36
Selling My Soul
43
19711975
53
My Role as Inquisitor
55
Civilization on Trial
62
Colombia Keystone of Latin America
189
American Republic versus Global Empire
196
The Deceptive Resume
208
Ecuadors President Battles Big Oil
222
I Quit
230
1981PRESENT
239
Ecuadors Presidential Death
241
Panama Another Presidential Death
249

Jesus Seen Differently
70
Opportunity of a Lifetime
77
Panamas President and Hero
87
Pirates in the Canal Zone
95
Soldiers and Prostitutes
101
Conversations with the General
109
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History
118
The Saudi Arabian Moneylaundering Affair
125
Pimping and Financing Osama bin Laden
145
19751981
155
Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene
157
Irans King of Kings
169
Confessions of a Tortured Man
177
The Fall of a King
184
My Energy Company Enron and George W Bush
255
I Take a Bribe
264
The United States Invades Panama
274
An EHM Failure in Iraq
288
September 11 and its Aftermath for Me Personally
299
Venezuela Saved by Saddam
312
Ecuador Revisited
322
Piercing the Veneer
336
EPILOGUE
351
JOHN PERKINS PERSONAL HISTORY
359
NOTES
366
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
385
Index
391
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John Perkins is founder and president of the Dream Change Coalition, which works closely with Amazonian and other indigenous people to help preserve their environments and cultures. He was previously founder and CEO of Independent Power Systems, an alternative energy provider. From 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas. T. Main, where he became Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Regional Planning. He is the author of five books, including Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered People of the Amazon.

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