The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters.

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "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". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled.

In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it.

Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.

©2004 John Perkins (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

A lot of repeat information for about the first half with some, not much more detail or clarity of the first book. So I wouldn't waste the money buying the first rendering. The remaining 15 or so chapters are packed full of new and some repeat information for clarity purposes because there is a lot going on.
Now about the content, it had and has me pissed off knowing all the misinformation that has been pushed to the general public while the greedy bastards are still continuing to conquer, destroy, kill, manipulate, ..... and no one is held accountable. The outsiders pay dearly on a continuous basis without the slightest smidgen of guilt or compassion. Pure evil is the best way to describe it.

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Read, read, read!!

This book is a must read, especially for any American who may be struggling to understand the world we live in today and what role the US plays in it.

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Time to Open our Eyes - and Say Enough!

After listening to The Creature from Jekyll Island and others, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man really is a eye opener and it fills in the gaps. This book is a must listen if you really want to understand what is going on in the global economy. If your concerned for the environment and why the World Bank says they want to eradicate global poverty but in fact are the agents who support global corporations to rape the 3rd world, then your ready to swallow the red pill and buy this book.

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More like Liberal Hit Piece

A friend recommended this book to me and, although I know his political positions, he revealed a limited premise that really got me excited. What I found, however, was chapter after chapter of a mea culpa by a man who, while self-admittedly escaping his puritanical upbringing, claims to have known he was doing wrong, but did it anyway.

The story is actually fascinating, but rings hollow as not once during the book does he give any detail of being an economic hit man. In fact the book reads more like a loosely, tied-together, string of Wikipedia entries wherein he inserts himself into that history and then blames Capitalism for every death around the world that could plausibly be related to a western company's market entrance.

All that being said, there's plenty in this book that I do believe and admire Mr. Perkins for writing a generalized book of a highly slanted perspective of 'Corporatocracy'. At the end of the day, much of this stuff can't be denied, regardless of personal political persuasion. For me, it's really not so much the problems (although hyperbole doesn't help anyone) I disagree with, it's the solutions proposed (e.g., government sponsored via tax-payer dollars) which only continues the cycle of fraud and filling the coffers of other companies.

If only Mr. Perkins left out the political partisanship (although in two instances he does mention Democrat party officials as facilitators and benefactors of said Corporatocracy), provided some details of how his economic forecasts actually forced governments to accept these loans, some context to his accusations via similar countries that didn't accept the economic incentives and their parallel growth, and didn't just throw crap up to see what sticks (i.e., one of his last chapters he just starts citing random articles that he thinks may corroborate his work, but also says he didn't do any vetting of the articles themselves), I might have been more swayed to what he was peddling.

Apparently as an Economic Hit Man, Mr. Perkins was superb since he managed to stay and grow in that field, but I seriously doubt his claims of "recruitment by the NSA" led to anything more than a peripheral interest in him due to his association with the son of a foreign dignitary. Also, his writing and conclusions aren't the work of any seasoned intelligence officer as they are laced with conjecture, hyperbole, speculation, and partiality.

The narrator was superb and I was able to listen at 3x speed without any problem; audio was clear and crisp.

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Good start, pathetic last half

After enjoying the first half of the book I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest. If I wanted to hear about shamanic healing and tree hugging I'd have bought a different book. The author thinks he's James Bond but comes across as more of a Walter Mitty.

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Vivid accounts of historic hidden truth, it's a...

Sad Necessary Awakening to the Real State of the Union. This updated edition brings us right up to 2015 atrocities and sources of hope and action.

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Starts off interesting, but a lot of it is filler

The author pretends to take responsibility for his actions, but is really looking to do some virtue signalling. On the one hand, he admits that the bad stuff happened because guys like him (and worse guys) used lies, threats and even violence to force foreign leaders to make bad decisions. But he also wants us to believe that the economic problems in the world are the fault of free market capitalism. It's ridiculous. Free market capitalism is very much opposed to the practices that he describes in the book, and yet he wants to blame capitalism and sympathize with left wing terrorists.

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Good message garbled in self-pity

This book could've been 25%, possibly 35% shorter if the author spent less time wading around in guilt and self-pity and spent more time on the details of the mini-stories and the overall message. A worthwhile read if you can block out the annoying interludes of guilt confessions.

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Confirmations of Fear

This book confirms much of what you fear goes on among massive multinational corporations and our governments. Much of the "aid" we send other countries through various financial mechanisms is a veiled attempt at strangling them with debt and dependences as those countries develop. Perkins does a great job sharing the behind the scenes activity and the reasons for it, painting a complete picture of the things we suspected were happening. Perhaps the only negative about this book is that some of the later chapters get washed out with generic suggestions to prevent this in the future albeit a very positive message. When even our political system is used against us, keeping us fighting unimportant battles with each other, it is hard to accept a simple message of buying goods from good companies and acting in good conscience after the level of moral disregard and wanton malevolence is made clear.

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Difficult to decipher fact from fiction

I purchased this book thinking I would learn some useful information about global economics, but instead what I got was a hard to believe story littered with left wing propaganda.

I'm sure there is truth to some of the stories outlined in this book but it difficult to decipher the truth from the padded stories that lack any real facts or research. The author tells his story with a very biased and anti-capitalist theme. I really tried to give this book a chance but I just couldn't get past the left wing agenda and constant jabs against capitalism and the Republican Party. The last straw was when the author quoted an article from Vanity Fair as fact. This is the first audible book I just could not finish.

The authors points would have been much more valid had he left out his biased views and left wing agenda. The only good part about this audio book was the narration.

It really is a shame. If you have a basic understanding of global economics then some of the authors points make great sense. This book could have been so much better if the author just stuck to the facts and presenting the story without trying to push his agenda on to the reader.

I will be returning this one to audible and getting another book that's less politically driven.

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  • Plamen
  • 08-24-18

TERRIFYING!!!

As far as writing goes, it's pretty good. But, and I don't mean it as a negative review, the content is pretty depressing and demoralizing. Especially tha latter parts. It's just the realization and the scope of all the financial wrongdoing on a world scale kinda make me feel powerless. The second to lost part, when he lists all the schemes that have been exposed is deeply depressing. But in all fairness it must be told, it must be acted upon and it must be taken seriously be the society. It is strange that books such as that one, The Panama Papers and so on are recieved with perhaps some outrage by the populace, but not nearly as much as the Harvey Wainstein case (not to make it sound unimportant). It's just on a different scale, as far as the number of people that are affected negatively, yet we as a world society fail to react accodingly to it. It is a horrible trend and one may wonder whether in 40-50 years the big companies will even bother to conceal their activities...

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  • Jason
  • 08-02-16

More of the same

What did you like most about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

If, like I did, you expected this book to be a sequel to the first gripping tale, you will be, as I was, somewhat disappointed. It is for the most-part,the retelling of the same story, albeit with a few extra bits added. The last section of the book does indeed add fresh information which is interesting. It just felt like so much of the book was superfluous, if you had already read the original.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Angry, as I was the first time I read the book.

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

Made me angry, and wanting to change the system.

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  • Phil
  • 05-23-18

Revealing and terrifying

What an incredible book!

The American empire is alive and well and continuing to expand and it would seem we are all pawns in a much bigger game.

This book makes me feel like dropping off the grid and living a much simpler life. It has made me re-evaluate my priorities for career and life in general. A must read.

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  • MR M J WATSON
  • 09-20-16

Riveting!

This book shines a light on the dark dealings of the corporatocracy over the past 4 decades.... absolutely riveting!

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  • John Charlton
  • 08-09-16

Great insight into what is really going on...

Fascinating book for those keen to know what Governments get up to in our name. It took guts for John Perkins to write this book because the Jackals could easily have taken him out (and he knew that). I'd strongly recommend this book.

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  • Marcus
  • 08-05-17

A Non-Fiction American Psycho

This book's contents are obscene, depressing and breathtakingly disappointing because we all know what's going on and let it. Perkins writes with a tone of self-flagellation but if you can make it past that, his message is very important.

If you don't yet understand globalisation and the implications of lobbying, overseas aid, NGOs and tax breaks for corporations and the super rich, you will. And you probably won't like it.

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  • Ahmad
  • 10-17-16

Excellent

Informative and historical on the US empire expansion but presented in a story format. Enjoyed immensely.

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  • sanyamksaxena
  • 03-03-20

an eye opener on dirty developmental projects

Enjoyed listening to every line of this book. John Perkins' story is believable and full of twists and turns. Tom Taylorson is great in voice over that brings authenticity to the narrative. Repugnant is the feeling knowing the dirty wheeling-dealing of EHMs and their masters in large corporates as well as in developed world's governments. it must take sheer courage to write this book. The best part of the book is in it's last five chapters. However, to fully understand and appreciate these chapters one has to go through and digest earlier chapters. Bravo John !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-20

fakenews

although it is a good read it is all fiction. I enjoyed it but wish I had done my research first

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  • azir-khan
  • 02-20-20

An Eye Opener

it changed the way i look at the world, why countries can't grow and how general public suffers from who they elect.

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  • Zen & The Art of Trading
  • 07-12-19

Find A Summary Instead

I found the information in this book extremely interesting, but the author's incessant and narcissistic focus on himself and his inflated role in all of this gets very annoying. The only other book that annoyed me this much was Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. The author can't resist relating every single world event and conspiracy to himself in some way. Which, even if it is true, gets repetitive very quickly. We get it. You were young and naive and you screwed up, had an existential crisis and broadened your perspective, and now you feel guilty about your past. That's perfectly normal reaction to such an experience. The problem is that every second paragraph waffles on about how he's trying to redeem himself through doing "the right thing" now. It's very cringe-worthy. The book would have been much better if it was less autobiographical and more historical fact. I would've preferred a summary. At least 6 hours of this 12 hour book was about the author and his feelings, which honestly, I don't really care because these events and concepts he speaks of are far more important than any one man and his emotional reactions to them are irrelevant to me. Still worth a read - just expect to feel like a counsellor listening to a patient for most of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-19

Should be taught in schools

explains the tools used to rape whole countries of their ability to be a self sustaining entiy for the benefit of the very few.

why do countries even lend money from these banks cant a sovereign nation create it on own money to build infrastructure? even if this currency is use in tandem with the USD etc....

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  • Michael
  • 09-24-18

Chilling read!

Honestly one of the most important and insightful books l have ever read. John is a rare man of integrity.

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  • Sam
  • 03-12-18

A 4-hour book with an 8 hour afterword

What disappointed you about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

The first 4 hours is a solid 4-star story with interesting stories of shadow organisations and unethical businesses only slightly derailed by the author's cocky tone and unbacked claims.

The following 8 hours is a longwinded self-flagelating reflection on whether or not the author should write the book (spoiler alert: he does) that brings very little new to the table in terms of shadowy conspiracies and focuses on how the author felt about his actions - with multiple interviews with other figures who only ever seem to spout long rambling monologues mirroring the author's own thoughts.

Has The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man put you off other books in this genre?

Just by this author

Have you listened to any of Tom Taylorson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard his other performances but generally enjoyed the narration

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The first 4 hours was genuinely entertaining, if I'd known it didn't get back to that stuff I would have stopped reading there and been happy.

Any additional comments?

I'd rather have paid for just the first publication of this book and gotten 8 hours of my life back.

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  • Jacob Tannenbaum
  • 06-14-17

starts out strong

I assume the beginning was the original edition, but the tedious and highly repetitive chapters that follow contain scant data and are nothing that cannot be gleaned by an understanding of 21st century America. get the original edition.

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  • Stewart Anderson
  • 06-04-17

Interested but gets preachy

I liked the start but in the end the author starts to preach rather than give information

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  • steve toke
  • 03-10-17

Eye opener

What did you like most about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

The truth will allway shock people and it is amazing how it plays in every day life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

The lesons they learn even at a old age.

What about Tom Taylorson’s performance did you like?

All was really good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Lies to reallaty in cercumfrece of world wide curuption and truth.

Any additional comments?

This is more of a eye operner for Wikileaks from Australia to Zambia.

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  • Ryan
  • 12-20-16

Must-Read

Please take the time to read this book. it is well worth the effort. we need to revolutionise our purchasing behaviour... each purchase is a vote. What are you voting for?

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  • Duncan
  • 03-15-16

Shows that all economists are stupid.

This book is disappointing. It starts out with such promise and then just turns into drivel. I should have known, it seemed overly reliant on buzzwords. It descends into saying we all need to hold hands and do solar power, quite literally that is how it reads. He defines it at the start by saying he has insecurities and then they become very apparent.

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