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Confessions of an Economic Hitman | [John Perkins]

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

"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."
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Publisher's Summary

This is the inside story of how America turned from a respected republic into a feared empire.

"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 Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies. 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 extraordinary real-life tale exposes international intrigue, corruption, and little-known government and corporate activities that have dire consequences for American democracy and the world.

Listen to John Perkins discuss the book on To the Best of Our Knowledge.

©2004 John Perkins; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    gabriella griffith 07-22-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "so bad couldnt finish"

    terrible book... only good if you believe everything wrong in the 3rd world is caused by an economist who makes an overly optimistic forcast. the author claims that he and is fellow economist are so important that they can determine the fate of a country. The sad truth is probably no one ever read any of his reports. typical academic thinking what he writes matters.

    frankly the author is a legend in his own mind. dont waste your time.

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    Mike Defiance, MO, USA 05-17-07
    Mike Defiance, MO, USA 05-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Impure BS"

    I'm not an expert in Economics but I know self serving BS when I hear it. The author may be correct in some of his assertions, but the obvious aggrandizing fantasy episodes in the book kill any credibility he has. I think he was reading Ian Fleming novels while assigned to boring accounting jobs and has gotten them mashed up in his head. His "confessions" are boasts and his self flagellation is both insincere and cloying. This book has some limited entertainment value and some usefuleness when baiting folks with political agendas. As a credible source of knowledge, it's useless.

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    Michael Seattle, WA, USA 10-27-07
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    "unprolific prose"

    Likes literature, writes like an economist.

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    Nathan Sugar Land, TX, USA 03-24-06
    Nathan Sugar Land, TX, USA 03-24-06
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    "liberal propaganda"

    this book is for liberals. fellow right wingers, stay away. you can listen to it for comedy, but dont expect substance. the narrator does a good job of conveying the authors loser status. if youre a successful person you will look down on the author. really, this book is a load of fluff, dont bother

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