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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I lived my entire childhood in Saudi Arabia. Later, I lived 5 years in Ecuador, during the time that Perkins writes about. I saw the manipulations and events happen. I worked for another clandestine branch of the U.S. government for five years, and saw, became part of, and helped with events that were meant to, and succeeded in the process described by John Perkins. Reading this book, realizing the authenticity of it, I again felt that I was witnessing events that I already knew about.
In my opinion, no international spy novel even comes close to the excitement I felt on reading about the real thing.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
ii
PROLOGUE
xxvi
An Economic Hit Man Is Born
3
In for Life
34
Indonesia Lessons for an EHM
62
Saving a Country from Communism 72 CHAPTER 5 Selling My Soul
87
My Role as Inquisitor
109
Civilization on Trial
123
Opportunity of a Lifetime
154
Panamas President and Hero
176
Pirates in the Canal Zone
193
Soldiers and Prostitutes
204
Conversations with the General
219
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic
238
The Saudi Arabian Moneylaundering Affair 253 CHAPTER 16 Pimping and Financing Osama bin Laden 296 PART III 19751981
319
Copyright

Jesus Seen Differently
140

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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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