So here's this guy who gets fabulously wealthy by coming up with falsely optimistic economic forecasts. He then helps the US "corporatocracy" exploit poor countries around the world, and later in life has a guilty conscience and decides to whine about it? Too bad. Try giving the money back, and get off the soapbox. And don't bore me with this sh*&! I also listened to this based on the TWIT recommendation. Worth a listen like its worth getting a rectal exam.
The narration is horrible. The writing is flat and boring. But besides that, the author only has one point to make and he keeps making the same point over and over again. If you listen to the first two chapters you have basically read the whole book.
If John Perkins in not telling the truth, this book is simply a poorly-written piece of fiction penned by an incredibly self-absorbed man. If you don't doubt the veracity of his claims or believe that some portion of the "facts" he lays out in stilted high-school English are true, then you come away with a disturbing picture of globalization and a portrait of a morally-bankrupt man who, for the first 150 pages, repeatedly tells us two things: how smart he is and how he struggled internally as his string of lies and deceit ruined the lives of millions of people. How one reviewer referred to Perkins as an "honest man," I do not know. If the book is fiction, he's a liar for claiming otherwise. If it is fact, then he is an opportunistic, disgusting human being, with blood on his hands and a bank account bursting with the money he was paid for acts he "knew were wrong." An honest man? Perkins is deserving of as much sympathy as a man who sold crack for ten years, knowing that is was wrong and that his actions were killing people and ruining lives; still taking the money to justify his actions and assuage his guilt. At one point, after many years, Perkins finally decides to quit over his mounting guilt only to go right back when he demands three-times his salary to work as an "expert witness." Poor Perkins; the guilt must have been just crushing.
Please don't waste your money or your book credit on this piece of garbage. Perkins is a terrible writer and might just be among the worst human beings who thinks he's a saint the world has ever seen.
If you can manage to switch off your logic and reason synapses, and just sit back and enjoy the wild ravings of distraught individual with illusions of grandeur, then go for it.
Walter Mitty, step aside! I had sincerely hoped for an inside, professional look at the dark side of global finance. Instead I got the tale of young Boston University business grad starring in his own fantasy version of "The Ugly American." I suppose this bestseller was fact-checked by someone. And perhaps it is all true. But it is very difficult to credit an account so self-dramatizing as to border on delusional megalomania ("Claudine was right. I was the key to the whole master plan.") The other "characters" in the reconstructed conversations serve to blurt out either convenient backgrounders, e.g., on the history of Iran, or boilerplate pulp seemingly cribbed from some Ian Fleming novel. The background, needless to say, is full of beautiful women, exotic settings, global injustice, suffering natives, and the suffering caused by one's dominating parents back in New Hampshire. I gave up after half an hour, so maybe things get a little more informative in later chapters. I didn't have the stomach to find out. I would blame the editors for not taking their author in hand, but after all, they did produce a sensational bestseller. The real shocker here is that a man could see firsthand the cynical inner workings of the global oligarchy and remain so... jejune.
This book is heavy on the author's philosophy and musings, and short on actual incidents and history... it could have been a tightly written, compelling read if edited down to the plot/story line.... but as is, I kept waiting for the 'interesting' part , for the story to pick up the pace - but it never did
i have listened to 100's of books on various subjects on audible and this easily ranks as one of the worst. author is so self absorbed with the power in his mind he possessed writing economic reports, which caused every problem in the third world. i am sure if the facts he claimed were ever checked most would be untrue. dont waste your time or money on this book there are so many other wonderful books on audible.