Synopses & Reviews
"This eloquent book inspires us to create a new reality of what it means to be humans on this magnificent planet."
When New York Times bestselling author John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to "touch the jaguar" — to transform his fears into positive action. He went on to become an "economic hit man" (EHM), convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them perpetually in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions. Although he sincerely believed this was the best model for economic development, he came to realize it was really a new form of colonialism. Returning to the Amazon, he saw the destructive impact of his EHM work. But he also was inspired by a previously uncontacted tribe that touched its jaguar by uniting with its enemies to defend its territory against invading oil and mining companies.
For the first time, Perkins details how his experiences in the Amazon converted him from an EHM to a crusader for transforming our failing Death Economy that destroys its own resources and nature itself into a flourishing Life Economy that renews itself. He provides a strategy for each of us to change our lives and defend our territory — the earth — against destructive policies and systems.
"This eloquent book inspires us to create a new reality of what it means to be human on this magnificent planet."
"Very entertaining, the book is filled with humor....Together, the stories become a series of lessons in an 'evolving education about the US government work and the way we abuse our privileges.'" Clean Technica
"An inherently fascinating and deeply personal story that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking...an extraordinary contribution to our on-going national dialogue." Midwest Book Review
About the Author
John Perkins is an activist and author of ten books on global intrigue, shamanism, and transformation, including the classic Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. As a former chief economist at a major consulting firm, he advised the World Bank, United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and governments. He regularly speaks at universities, economic forums, and shamanic gatherings around the world and is a founder and board member of the Pachamama Alliance and Dream Change.