A must read if you want to understand the deeper workings of our society. We all benefit of the actions of a few that we would never support if given the choice.
I thought this was going to be about economics. It's probably 60% diatribe against the US, 39% personal biography, and 1% economics. Essentially one man's story about how he was 'manipulated' into selling out and manipulating reports for some big bucks. Essentially this could have been "Confessions of a Drug Dealer" - "the system made me do it - I blame them." Blegh! One big whine fest from almost the beginning. Don't waste your time.
I enjoyed most of it and he persuades me that in effect our country is exploiting weaker countries through first companies with the collusion of the world bank screwing them and then that there are actual assassins hired by either a company's or our country's directive who will take out uncooperative foreign leaders. And he gives strong validation that some of our most recent leaders like Bush, Cheney were very involved.
My issues with the book were that much of the information seems dated--much from 25 years ago. In addition the pace was slow, a little meandering, more autobiographical than necessary and much could have been said in half the time.
In the author's defense, he seemed genuine, contrite, bright and intellectual Worth the read, but would have been better if it were shorter.
Yea, he's right; but, maybe he should ask himself, "What were the Japanese doing in Panama?" Also, how does America getting all "touchy-feely" stop other world economic powers from deploying their EHM soldiers? It is a small world, afterall; a small nasty world.
This is stunning. I have seen much chinannigans in the corporate world but this pales in comparison to this stunning account of what this fellow was asked to do for Queen and Country. This book was a wonderful listen, the author relates how it happened in what seems to be a shocking side of historical events. You get to live inside his skin for a bit and feel the conflicts with morality and honor. What really goes on in Washington and in clandestine quarters we all wonder about with curiosity. Sometimes discovering what does makes us question our moral center. This book forces this issue and reveals what does occur. With the EU and UN raising the issue of the US "Empire" it is interesting to see what really occurs and how it is justified. Make up your own mind about the moral issues but it is a fabulous listen and will leave you grateful that you do not carry such dillemas in your everyday work.
This book came highly recommended (through the podcast TWIT) but was not for me. John Perkins spends his whole life exploiting people and then he writes an incrediblly long wided book about it.
Don't waste your money.
Just one mans opinion.
I was hoping for an unbiased insider perspective of a global player. What you get is a closet liberal political folly. Mr Perkins wants you to feel sorry for his career choices... as he continues to cash in. He scorns the republican administrations for the ills of the world, while praising Carter and conveniently omitting the eight Clinton years. I could have stomached this more had he been more balanced. Mr. Perkin's penance could have been more productive. Pass...
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.