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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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    Jason Dyer, IN, USA 10-03-08
    Jason Dyer, IN, USA 10-03-08
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    "Excellent Book and Audiobook!"

    This book offers a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the corporate and government worlds. The reader does a great job and I felt a little disappointed every time I had to pause the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Orinda, CA, USA 10-22-07
    Chris Orinda, CA, USA 10-22-07
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    "I had no idea"

    "Confessions" is an excellent starter book to begin one's journey into understanding America's foreign policy and its [diminishing] role as Empire. Want to know how America turned from a Republic into an Empire, start with "Confessions." The storytelling is dynamic. When I want to understand material in detail, I frequently buy both the audio and the book. I start with the audio which works particularly well for this one. If you are new to or knowledgable about ECMs, Jackyls, and eventially the use of the military, this is a excellent listen. You will be amazed at how long the exploitation of TWCs has been going on. Sad to say, this book clearly lays out why so many in the Third World hate us.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mick telkwa, BC, Canada 07-10-07
    Mick telkwa, BC, Canada 07-10-07 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent"

    I really enjoyed this book, makes you think although it had made me even less tolerant of american policy.
    I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Newport, NC, USA 06-28-07
    Joshua Newport, NC, USA 06-28-07
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    "A must read"

    I loved, this audio book. It really makes you open your eyes to the world around you and want to make a difference. I have already recommended this book to 5 other people. It's great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Hixson, TN, USA 06-27-07
    John Hixson, TN, USA 06-27-07
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    "EHM - John Perkins"

    It's all about perception …
    A good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    louis Williamsburg, VA, United States 09-22-06
    louis Williamsburg, VA, United States 09-22-06 Member Since 2015
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    "The Other Side of the Story"

    The Basics: the actual pace of speach was just right, not too involved yet not too slow to be boring. The actual story was absolutely facinating. I always wondered through the years what the other side of the story was. Here, you get it. All the explanations I heard to explain American expansionism seemed to be only one sided. If you have a conscience you'll be interested in this rendition of the truth. Excellent. I couldn't leave it alone until I finished it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wilsonchua 05-20-05
    wilsonchua 05-20-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Very explosive if true."

    We have always wondered why the Philippines is deep in debt and hardly able to regain its premier economic position in the late '50s.

    If only 50% what the author claims is true, then it would be explosive! As more people read this book, they will be exposed to this idea of how the US government can use 'developmental loans' as a way to 'conquer' countries--and How the US is actively corrupting the leadership of each of these countries. Isnt this illegal?

    This can form the legal basis for developing countries around the world to repudiate their loans and thereby help lift the plight of the poor in all the developing countries.

    Countries like the Philippines are budgeting the majority (more than 60%) of our national budget just to service these debts. Debts that are a direct result of morally reprehensible EHMs. Money that could go to feed and educate millions of people, are being funneled to service these debts.

    How much more independent can the Philippiens, if it were not saddled with these dubious 'development' loans? Find out by reading this book. If what the author claims is true. He should be held up as a modern day hero for his courage in exposing this practice.

    46 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Martha EDMONTON, AB, Canada 09-13-05
    Martha EDMONTON, AB, Canada 09-13-05
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    "Five Star Book, Zero-Star Narrator"

    The narrator's odd declamatory style--at least to my ear--muffled some of the story's impact, but never mind. The story still sizzles.
    Whatever you might think of John Perkins himself, the history he witnessed and shaped as a cog in the "corporatocracy" needs to be told.
    Just listen, and I promise you, you will never again wonder "...why do they hate us so much."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Winchester, CT, USA 06-06-05
    Peter Winchester, CT, USA 06-06-05
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    "eye-opening"

    Very interesting and fast moving. It makes you think about the foreign policy actions of conservative administrations.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tolga Washington, DC, USA 09-14-05
    Tolga Washington, DC, USA 09-14-05
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    "More detailed version of this book in progress"

    Of course there will be people who do not want to see the reality of US companies using the US government to advance their interests in developing countries. This book explains the facts in a simplified way so that the 'average American' can understand how things work. Those who don't believe the book, claiming there is not enough detail in it, will be surprised to hear that the author is writing a more detailed version with several other economic hit-man coming forward. Its just a matter of time before more people from developing countries come forward and everything is exposed to those who have the courage to face reality. The next step of course should be to make an effort to hold these greedy and unethical companies responsible.
    This is an excellent book and highly recommended. Don't be distracted by the negative 1 star reviews.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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