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Interesting subject, badly written
on March 22, 2007
An economic hitman, according to John Perkins is a highly paid professional who's job is to force exorbitant loans down Third World country's throats. Then sit back and let the creditor, usually a large prosperous country or a corporate syndicate, extort them both politically and economically. It's loan sharking on a massive scale.
And Perkins reveals all in this book as he pours out all the secrets of the profession that used to be his career. He reveals his handiwork in Saudi Arabia, Central America, and South Asia and although it is at the least ten years after the fact it still has some impact.
However, Perkins delivery is horrible. He doesn't write badly but it isn't great either. Also the way he tells the story is scattered and uninteresting even though this should page turning subject matter.
All in all Confessions of an Economic Hitman should be an amazing expose on a dangerous form of modern day imperialism but Perkins butchers it with his prose.