Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Nov 9, 2004 - 250 pages
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"Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes, “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.”

John Perkins should know—he was an economic hit man. His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the U.S.—from Indonesia to Panama—to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development, and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U. S. corporations. Saddled with huge debts, these countries came under the control of the United States government, World Bank and other U.S.-dominated aid agencies that acted like loan sharks—dictating repayment terms and bullying foreign governments into submission.

This New York Times bestseller exposes international intrigue, corruption, and little-known government and corporate activities that have dire consequences for American democracy and the world. It is a compelling story that also offers hope and a vision for realizing the American dream of a just and compassionate world that will bring us greater security.
  

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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 currently writes and teaches about achieving peace and prosperity by expanding our personal awareness and transforming our institutions. He founded an alternative energy company that successfully changed the U.S. utility industry. From 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas. T. Main, where he held the titles of Chief Economist and Manager of Economics and Regional Planning but in reality was an economic hit man. He continued to play out his EHM role until the events of 9/11 convinced him to expose this shadowy and secret side of his life.

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