Confessions of an economic hit man /
John Perkins.
1st ed.
San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2004.
xxi, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1576753018 (alk. paper)
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San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2004.
1576753018 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Perkins founded an alternative energy company
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Quill Awards, USA, 2005 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-01-01:
According to Perkins, a former Economic Hit Man and founding president of Dream Change Coalition, "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other ?foreign aid' organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources." Perkins began this book in the early 1980s but claims to have put it aside owing to threats and bribes. Perkins's daughter Jessica finally inspired him to finish it by declaring, "Don't worry dad. If they get you, I'll take over where you left off. We need to do this for the grandchildren I hope to give you someday." This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel. Perkins vividly recounts his work throughout the world, from Saudi Arabia to Panama to Ecuador, and introduces such characters as Panamanian president Omar Torrijos, who became a personal friend. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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It is rare to find a book that takes your breath away. This may be one such. The author tried five times to start writing this book but was threatened or bribed to desist. He remains optimistic. You may find reading this book, either entertaining, or provoking rage, apoplexy or intense depression. Judge for yourself. Business Economist
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Main Description
"Economic Hit Men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel World Bank, US government, and other foreign "aid" funds into the coffers of international businesses and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, and murder. They play a game as old as Empire but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was one." John Perkins began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man several times during the past two decades. He was persuaded to stop by lucrative business offers that were contingent on his silence.
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The inside story of how America turned from a respected republic into a feared empire "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "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." John Perkins should know-he was an economic hit man. His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the U.S.-from Indonesia to Panama-to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development, and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U.S. corporations. Saddled with huge debts, these countries came under the control of the United States government, World Bank, and other U.S.-dominated aid agencies that acted like loan sharks-dictating repayment terms and bullying foreign governments into submission. This extraordinary real-life tale exposes international intrigue, corruption, and little-known government and corporate activities that have dire consequences for American democracy and the world.
Main Description
Economic hit men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries out of trillions of dollars. They funnel World Bank, government and foreign aid funds into the coffers of international businesses and a few wealthy families. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion and murder.John Perkins was one of these hit men, and his first-hand account contains explosive revelations on Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American hotspots. He discloses the clandestine support received by Osama bin Laden as well as little-known facts about the relationship between the two most powerful dynasties in the world: the Bush family and the House of Saud. Confessions is a riveting book that reads like a classic spy novel.
Main Description
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is "as old as Empire" but has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an era of globalization. And Perkins should know. For many years he worked for an international consulting firm where his main job was to convince LDCs (less developed countries) around the world to accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies. This book, which many people warned Perkins not to write, is a blistering attack on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire consequences on both the victimized countries and the U.S.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A straightforward business: a consultant persuades a developing country to accept a massive loan from the US & issue contracts to US companies. The US thus subsidises its own industry & gets control of the developing economy into the bargain. John Perkins was the consultant: this is his story.
Long Description
An extraordinary, real-life tale of international intrigue and corruption, "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" reveals the hidden mechanics of imperial control behind such major international events as the fall of the Shah, the death of Panamanian president Omar Torrijos, and the invasions of Panama and Iraq, as well as providing an inside view of the corrupt U.S.-Saudi Arabian relationship. This book reveals the story of one man's personal journey, from eager servant of empire to impassioned advocate for the rights of oppressed people.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Prologuep. xvi
An Economic Hit Man Is Bornp. 3
"In for Life"p. 12
Indonesia: Lessons for an EHMp. 20
Saving a Country from Communismp. 23
Selling My Soulp. 28
My Role as Inquisitorp. 37
Civilization on Trialp. 42
Jesus, Seen Differentlyp. 47
Opportunity of a Lifetimep. 52
Panama's President and Herop. 58
Pirates in the Canal Zonep. 63
Soldiers and Prostitutesp. 67
Conversations with the Generalp. 71
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic Historyp. 76
The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affairp. 81
Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Ladenp. 93
Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greenep. 101
Iran's King of Kingsp. 108
Confessions of a Tortured Manp. 113
The Fall of a Kingp. 117
Colombia: Keystone of Latin Americap. 120
American Republic versus Global Empirep. 124
The Deceptive Resumep. 131
Ecuador's President Battles Big Oilp. 141
I Quitp. 146
Ecuador's Presidential Deathp. 153
Panama: Another Presidential Deathp. 158
My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bushp. 162
I Take a Bribep. 167
The United States Invades Panamap. 173
An EHM Failure in Iraqp. 182
September 11 and its Aftermath for Me, Personallyp. 189
Venezuela: Saved by Saddamp. 196
Ecuador Revisitedp. 203
Piercing the Veneerp. 211
Epiloguep. 221
John Perkins Personal Historyp. 226
Notesp. 230
Indexp. 240
About the Authorp. 248
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