I rated this book two stars because so very much of it is the author's liberal political propaganda. A little would have been OK but it goes on and on and on. If you like Jimmy Carter and John Kerry and conspiracy theories you will probably like this book. Otherwise, don't waste the time.
The author has taken extended liberties to recount very old conversations during his various encounters with local nations, political super powers, and the corporate world or he kept a massive highly detailed log/diary of every encounter. His resume supports his opportunities to do what he claims and current events and history supports the majority of his allegations.
The sad part is from 1971 - 1981 he continued doing what he did knowing the impact. Through out the book he's looking for sympathetic hearts to his plight of being an EHM and his subsequent benefits from the many exposures and contacts he had as an EHM.
He continually demands empathy for his activities from the reader while he continues to pimp the whole experience for more money.
I?m sad to say; I contributed to his financial health with the purchase of this book.
I believe the book is largely non-fictional with the exception of detailed recounted conversations.
I won't recommend the book to anyone. I would not want the author to financially benefit more from his loathsome activities that may have contributed to the political blight our country is in today. It?s always easy to have morals and values while making money.
Don't waste your credit on this book. Buy the print version or check it out from the library, because the narrator is horrible. I wish Humphrey Bower would do this book, but even Elmo would would have been better.
An interesting overview of the last 50 years of American intervention abroad. Whether or not you believe this all to be true depends on just who's Kool-Aid you prefer to drink, but regardless, it's a fun and oftentimes enlightening read
I heard a lot of very good things about this book and though I enjoyed it I did not find it as engaging as I hoped. I guess I expected more because of the hype.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
I thought this book had great potential and I was very excited to start it after finishing Charlie Wilson's War.
"Confessions" was very disappointing in that it was very short on facts and long on self-pity. It's a bit what you'd expect if an accountant wrote a spy novel and an attorney read it!
I didn't care for the narrator either. He had a very weird inflection that causes him to end sentences oddly.
This book is horrible. Even for a liberal. The voice, the writing; I'm just glad I didn't kill a tree buying this book.
I very much disagree with a lot of Mr. Perkin's views, but I'll start with the one's I agree with.
First the positive. I agree with the author that the World Bank and IMF are not good institutions and have done more harm than good. I agree with him also that international trade bodies are not good institutions, but probably in a different way than the author. In all, this book did have a lot of very good and interesting stories.
That being said I was generally angry when listening to this book because it had so many short comings, inconsitencies, and convienent insertions and omissions to try to make his left wing perspective come accross loud and clear. For example:
-He asserts that oil companies conspired to keep oil prices LOWER. They just can't win.
-He constantly lambastes coups for overthrowing elected governments that he likes, but has no problem supporting Omar Torrijos of Panama, himself unelected and brought to power by a coup
-Say Indonesia is in terrible shape and is in economic shakels, when it in fact has had a decade of unparralled economic success
-Calls his wife a free thinker who just happens to support environmentallist causes and went to UC Berkley. All lefties are free thinkers and all conservatives are dunces I guess
-Criticises sweat shop conditions when it can be argued that there is no way for a country to develop itself any other way (i.e. Tiawan, S.Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.)
-Asserts that the USA is on a path to global emprie. So, if this is so effective, why is the USA at the lowest ebb of its power since at least the 1970's?
-Sites Jimmy Carter as the best president since at least Kennedy and says he did the best at upholding the constitution
In the end I had to shake my head. I obviously disagreed with the author, but it went beyond that. I just think he was just being dishonest. The stories just didn't line up with the conclusions.
This sounded a lot more interesting than it was. I'm pretty liberal, but I just didnt believe this guy. He offers no proof of his conclusions, and half of what he says are just vague, unsubstantiated impressions he has. Stuff like "I believe that my company was helped because of my past service to the corporatocracy." This is a waste of time and I found myself listening to it because it was already paid for. Dont get stuck in that trap!
I hadn't realised that this is really an autobiography. The writer makes vague references to the economy and world events, but most of the time dwells extensively on his personal and emotional thoughts and struggles, his achievements and his life story. Just try counting the number of 'I', 'me' and 'my'.