"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
oh the games that the 1% get themselves up to... A bit melodramatic at times, but instructive and interesting. It would be nice if more evil people turned good and let us in on their secrets.
I went in with an open mind but Perkins makes extravagant claims backed up not with fact but anecdote. It is hard to separate out fiction from fantasy.
Certainly many loans given to emerging economies have not been for the best. Perhaps even a few were intended to do damage. The picture that Perkins paints strains credulity. As a piece of economic history the book is without merit. As fantasy, it's plenty blasé. This should be read by those who are paranoid (in which case perhaps not) or those who are into mediocre conspiracy theories.
I think many points were mentioned in this book that are undoubtedly true. This book exposes the flaws of the current system and how some peoples greed can lead to others misery. Hopefully one day a mechanism will be implemented to ensure that the minority benefit from the minority greed.
The government needs to educate people on the consequences of their actions and ban or heavily tax product that result in environmental degradation.
While this is one hell of a story....it is mostly pure nonsense. Apparently an avid
conspiracy theorist, perkins boasts of his imagined power and his "struggle to live with himself". What a total load of crap. He is a typical "activist" type blaming the government and big business for all things evil...I think he would have been much more at home in the USSR according to the views he expresses. Total BS.
This author is an idiot. This is a political opinion story...not factual.
I would love to finish this book but I just can't - it is too depressing for me. I know that I should know the information to be a better informed person, but I just can't get through the material because I end up so upset by what it is we're doing
Powerful book. The humility to admit what part you played in hurting people, while explaining just why things were done makes for a good narrative.Even if your eyes are already open to injustices of the world this makes it that much more clearer. Anyone who is politically charged should read this and then reason on just what type of goverment they really have and want.
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.
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