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Confessions of an Economic Hitman Audiobook

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

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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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    Carolyn Crystal, MN, United States 12-09-12
    Carolyn Crystal, MN, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    It is a very interesting story and gives a lot of past information I do wish he would write another book with more contemporary information. The narration is well done.

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    Michael Patterson Thunderdome, USA 10-01-12
    Michael Patterson Thunderdome, USA 10-01-12

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    "Interesting, repetitive, and seemingly farcical"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Confessions of an Economic Hitman to be better than the print version?

    As far as the time savings, yes. I'm not sure how to answer this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was something I had to read for class and that it was in audiobook form.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were strange pauses, or unnecessary pauses at least. Cutting down on the pauses would've knocked off a good amount of time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I thought parts of it were absurd. May that's due to the fact that nothing was really set up well. The story wasn't told well.


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    Daniel Ashcom Portland, OR United States 07-30-12
    Daniel Ashcom Portland, OR United States 07-30-12
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    "Good, but too much author catharsis"
    Would you listen to Confessions of an Economic Hitman again? Why?

    No. Once you've heard it, you pretty much get the drift.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of an Economic Hitman?

    When he gets recruited by the NSA


    What about Brian Emerson’s performance did you like?

    It was even & easy to listen to


    If you could give Confessions of an Economic Hitman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Get to be John Perkins' talk therapist for a day.


    Any additional comments?

    The parts of the book that described the economic hitman system was very interesting and enlightening. Perkins should have stuck with more of the hitman, and less of the confession. It seriously felt that the second half of the book was IN a confessional, or that you were Perkins' therapist and you had to listen to him lament his past decisions and make a plea for how to make the world better in the future.

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    Matthew2011 06-10-12
    Matthew2011 06-10-12
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    "Must Read!"
    Would you listen to Confessions of an Economic Hitman again? Why?

    I have AADD... I'm taking a sociology class that requires this reading. An eye opener everybody should read, and/or listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall hardcore truth of it is disturbing, and WE did this.


    What does Brian Emerson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect to the voice in my own head.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, chapter one to the END!


    Any additional comments?

    You and every breathing literate person should read/listen to this book.

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    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 06-09-12
    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wake-up call for America and the World!"

    This is a awe inspiring tale of just how far the upper 1% will go to own it all!
    We are the peasants begging for scraps outside their castle gates!!
    Great narration by Emerson.
    A must listen!!!!

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    Jacob Dallas, Texas 05-25-12
    Jacob Dallas, Texas 05-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Confessions of an Economic Hitman again? Why?

    Narrator was very good 9/10. Audio quality was very good also


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    Great story and Im glad I purchased this book. I don't doubt anything of what is said in this book and for those who are interested in conspiracy, politics and economics then this book is for you. It is not technical and boring either, it lays you the information very well and is interesting from start to finish.

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    Blake Williamstown North, Australia 05-02-12
    Blake Williamstown North, Australia 05-02-12
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    "Opens your eyes a little"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to my friends who are interested in politics or economics


    Any additional comments?

    I still wonder after reading the book how true it is. Really makes you think.

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    Ben Strathfield, Australia 04-08-12
    Ben Strathfield, Australia 04-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Economic Warfare US Style- Beggar Thy Neighbour"
    Would you listen to Confessions of an Economic Hitman again? Why?

    Yes. Because it accurately exposes what the USA really gets up to in the world. This is much more important to listen to than all the sanitised rubbish in the popular press.


    What three words best describe Brian Emerson’s voice?

    Good but a little too negative, a tad grating at times.


    If you could give Confessions of an Economic Hitman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Come into my parlour said the international banking spider to the 3rd world country fly.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting and fairly erudite introduction to the real world of international relations. Perkins pulls no punches and it is an easy book to listen to. His writing style is reasonable, not grand, but after all this is non-fiction.Economic warfare has an interesting entry on Wikipedia under Unrestricted Warfare, a 1999 book by 2 Chinese colonels. The colonels however have reinvented the wheel, as the USA has been doing this for decades and are grand masters of this game. He indicates they learnt the trade from the English who were doing it to the original 13 US colonies, though with less subtle means. International vampirism is alive and well.We all know that banks like to give people more credit card limits than they can afford- they like to keep them desperate and poor, so multinational firms and banks do to entire countries. They bluff them into biting off more than they can chew, on credit and then choking on it. This is an ongoing cycle and Perkins new book Hoodwinked carries the story on to the GFC and the beggaring of Iceland etc.

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    James 02-06-12
    James 02-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Revealing, sobering, almost religious revelations."

    The only book that has come close to this one for me was WASHINGTON RULES. Between these two books, all the events, inter-relationships, and political tom-foolery of our government begins to make complete sense. You may not like what you hear, but you will come away a bit more educated.

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    Paula United States 01-31-12
    Paula United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2015

    I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.

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    "Interesting, but I cannot verify if it is true."

    This would have a good thriller fiction without the remorse. If his tale is true then shame on us. If it isn't true then shame on the author. I haven't been able to verify the "truthiness" of all of what John Perkins writes and I don't know how I can do it.
    It is a good story anyway, although clumsily written ......I'm somewhat skeptical. Not skeptical about the fact that corporations and developed nations take advantage and exploit less developed nations. I am certain that they do. I am skeptical of his contrition. Besides selling books and making a lot of money, what is this man going to do to right his admitted wrong?
    Read and decide for yourself.

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