marie speter, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by marie speter)
This book is filled with intrigue, greed, corruption and the ethics of our own economic system.....it makes you think twice about how America's actions affect the rest of the world. Corporate activities around the world get revealed by a paid professional who worked for them...A great read...
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rodamu, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by rodamu)
Perkins's description of the economic empire the United States has tried to build in the last half of the 20th Century goes a long way to explain the seeds of the current "Terrorism War" that we are engaged in. Without understanding our past and present empire building behavior and changing it, we are doomed to faced increased hostility and attacks from the underdeveloped nations that the US has been exploiting.
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paul roman, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by paul roman)
If you want to understand what just happened in America this is the book.
Bechtel and KBR have been practicing in the 3rd world for decades so they could perfect it for the U.S..
The next book should be on offshore banks and how they are used to pull the caper off.
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getdriver85, March 19, 2009 (view all comments by getdriver85)
Incredible account about the inner workings about the way business is done with countries around the world and how control is kept over weaker third world countries. Perkins explains the systematic rape of the poor and helpless it's a must read for any reader wanting to understand a little more about our world, the world bank and the IMF!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Perkins spent the 1970s working as an economic planner for an international consulting firm, a job that took him to exotic locales like Indonesia and Panama, helping wealthy corporations exploit developing nations as, he claims, a not entirely unwitting front for the National Security Agency. He says he was trained early in his career by a glamorous older woman as one of many 'economic hit men' advancing the cause of corporate hegemony. He also says he has wanted to tell his story for the last two decades, but his shadowy masters have either bought him off or threatened him until now. The story as presented is implausible to say the least, offering so few details that Perkins often seems paranoid, and the simplistic political analysis doesn't enhance his credibility. Despite the claim that his work left him wracked with guilt, the artless prose is emotionally flat and generally comes across as a personal crisis of conscience blown up to monstrous proportions, casting Perkins as a victim not only of his own neuroses over class and money but of dark forces beyond his control. His claim to have assisted the House of Saud in strengthening its ties to American power brokers may be timely enough to attract some attention, but the yarn he spins is ultimately unconvincing, except perhaps to conspiracy buffs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by The Rocky Mountain News,
"[A] gripping tell-all book."
by Boston Herald,
by Library Journal,
"This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel....Highly recommended."
by David C. Korten, Dragonfly Review,
"John Perkins was for 10 years a player in a high-stakes game of global empire. Confessions of an Economic Hit Manis his very personal account of the events that forced him to choose between conscience and a glamorous life of power, luxury and beautiful women. It is also an adventure thriller worthy of Graham Green or John Le Carré that connects the dots between corporate globalization, American Empire, and the dynasty of the House of Bush."
by Jim Garrison, author of America As Empire, President of the State of the World Forum,
"John Perkins has written a book that shakes one's confidence in the ethics of the prevailing economic system. We are in troubling times and need to understand realistically the price we are paying for the 'free' market we enjoy. Perkins has written an extraordinary tale."
by Michael Brownstein, author of World on Fire,
"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a unique book, brave because it is personal....This book possesses an immediacy that separates it from the numerous studies we already have of American Empire. It comes from the heart. I highly recommend it."
by Lynne Twist, global activist and author of The Soul of Money,
"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a brave and potent book written by a man whose commitment to the truth transcends any personal concerns about revealing his own previous blindness....This is a stunning and groundbreaking book that is a must-read for anyone who cares about our world."
Perkins, a former chief economist at a Boston strategic-consulting firm, confesses he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business.
From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations
With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including:
How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
Tragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy
U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela
From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. Having raised the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.
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