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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The premise of this book is sound. Basically greed gets us nowhere. I found this to be an excellent book on America and our constant desire to be a world dominating power no matter the outcome ... Read full review

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Although, it confirms my beliefs on our economic system, the book started to get boring on after a while. Yet still a worthy book to read if you want to know our country's rhetoric on exporting ... Read full review

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An Economic Hit Man Is Born
In for Life
Indonesia Lessons for an EHM
Saving a Country from Communism 72 CHAPTER 5 Selling My Soul
My Role as Inquisitor
Civilization on Trial
Opportunity of a Lifetime
Panamas President and Hero
Pirates in the Canal Zone
Soldiers and Prostitutes
Conversations with the General
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic
The Saudi Arabian Moneylaundering Affair 253 CHAPTER 16 Pimping and Financing Osama bin Laden 296 PART III 19751981

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About the author (2004)

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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