Confessions of an Economic Hit Man Paperback – Dec 27 2005
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- Item Weight : 286 g
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0452287081
- ISBN-13 : 978-0452287082
- Product Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.85 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Plume (Dec 27 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Astonishing.” —Boston Herald
“This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel...Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“Here are the real-life details—nasty, manipulative, plain evil—of international corporate skullduggery spun into a tale rivaling the darkest espionage thriller.” —Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
About the Author
From the Publisher
About John Perkins
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies, and his books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies, spent many months on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, and are published in over 30 languages.
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The latest version of this shocking bestseller!
In this astonishing tell-all book, former economic hit man (EHM) John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the United States and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.
- Expanded edition with 15 new chapters
- Detailed chronology documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004
- Exclusive insider views from John Perkins
Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Action to Change Our Lives and the World
Coming soon! As a young Peace Corps volunteer dying in Ecuador, John Perkins was saved by a shaman who taught him to “touch the jaguar”—to change his perception of what he feared and transform it into energy for positive action. Then he became an “economic hit man,” convincing developing countries to build huge projects that put them perpetually in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions—a new form of colonialism. Returning to the Amazon and seeing the damage foreign companies had done opened his eyes to the destructive impact of his work. In this book coming in the summer of 2020, Perkins details the powerful influence shamanism had on his transformation to decolonizer. He discusses his work with native people in Latin America and provides a strategy for us to overcome our fears, decolonize our minds, and collaborate in new ways to heal the wounds inflicted on our planet.
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The fact that Mr. Perkins made himself wealthy while exploiting others points more to poignant flaws in his own character than a "system" he purports to have almost inadvertently been swallowed up in. Sooner or later, I expect he'll look into a mirror and realize that the real problem wasn't a corporate conspiracy for world domination, but an individual greed and lack of moral fibre.
The irony of it all is that this book appears to be perhaps his most subtle economic hit - well over 1 Million copies sold to date. Based on Mr. Perkins past, it's reasonable to suspect those royalties will help assuage his not-so-guilty conscience.
There! I said it all without using a single expletive.
My problem is that the author spends too much time on self pity. He knew what he was doing was wrong yet it takes him 30 years to finally quit. Maybe he was enjoying the money too much. The book would have been perfect if he would have spent less time telling us how badly his conscious hurt and giving more details on the corruption going on in these countries.
The book is also a required reading for all Americans who think terrorism exists because they are jealous of American freedom. B.S. Terrorism exists because America creates too many downtrodden countries.
The book "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin explains how the world's elite banksters have increased their power and control globally since they created the US Federal Reserve in 1913 in order to give themselves the sole authority to print or create electronic US Dollars and thereby indirectly control most of the world's money supply. Griffin's book provides the high level overview of what these elite banksters have done and are doing to Americans and others to strip them of their wealth and turn them into economic serfs of the corporatocracy under a "New World Order" run by them.
Perkins book provides many of the "gruesome" details of the corporatocracy's methods in achieving their goal(s).
Both books are "must reads" if you want to know why your real income has declined over the last 40 years and why it will continue to decline even faster in future years as the corporatocracy nears its ultimate goal; the creation of a New World Order totally dominated by the elite group of banksters who currently run the world surreptitiously.
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Perkins falls into this category very well and at times I found his confessional style more than a little hypocritical.
I also agree with other reviewers who note that it is hard to distinguish between fact and fiction in his recollections, of his very charmed life, which he does his best to dress up as some sort of hair shirt experience.
Mea Culpa boo hoo my heart bleeds for you !!
Having said that I did find this an interesting read and have no doubt that much of what he alludes to is based upon well known govermental "foreign policy" practices, a stark reminder of the world we live in today.
It is as direct result of actions by Perkins and his ilk that the protesters on both sides of the Atlantic e.g (anti Wall St and City Banker bashers) are trying to change in their own direct way.
Perkins has chosen to write a confessional and continue to add to his no doubt considerable assets - perhaps in a bid to clense his soul, whilst still managing to polish both his halo & ego ??.
Definitely worth a read but I am not sure that it will actually change the world he appears to have helped create.
So all we can conclude is that history tells us that when The King is dead, we proclaim long live the KIng or should it be Here comes the new boss - same as the old boss ...... Discuss.
That said, I have been heavily involved in the non-profit world globally - including in the Amazon, Israel and Palestine on the African continent and in far east Asia, I have had meetings and gained insights from some of the biggest political families, attended govt-to-govt meetings, survived the 2013 egyptian coup and got insights into the continental reach and inner workings of multi-nationals, all the while keeping informed and diverse networks as a result.
There is nothing I've seen to suggest that this book isn't extremely authentic but also incredibly honest with it's portrayal of the way the world works. The only difference being now is that water is known more publicly as being the world's most important resource and that we are not managing what we have well enough or strictly enough. Other resources that we need to be aware of are materials that go into tech - like lithium (batteries) and Coltan (most tech devices) - found in the DRC and then those natural and fast growing resources whose properties have far greater significance than we allow them, like hemp.