Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

ISBN-10: 0452287081
ISBN-13: 9780452287082
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Perkins
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The runaway bestseller that has generated a major movie dealand an international dialoguewith over 170,000 copies sold in hardcover and seven weeks on the New York Timeslist 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. They play a game as old as Empire but one that has taken on terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. John Perkins should knowhe was an economic hit man for an international consulting firm that worked to convince developing countries to accept enormous loans and to funnel that money to U.S.corporations. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the American government and international aid agencies were able to request their pound of flesh in favors, including access to natural resources, military cooperation, and political support. Confessions of an Economic Hit Manis the story of one mans experiences inside the intrigue, greed, corruption and little-known government and corporate activities that America has been involved in since World War II, and which have dire consequences for the future of democracy and the world. [A] gripping tell-all book.The Rocky Mountain News 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 detailsnasty, manipulative, plain evilof international corporate skullduggery spun into a tale rivaling the darkest espionage thriller.Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

John Perkins was born on January 28, 1945 in Hanover, New Hampshire. He attended Brown University, and Boston University School of Management during the 1960s. His best-known book is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), an insider's account of the exploitation or neo-colonization of Third World countries by what Perkins describes as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government. His 2007 book, The Secret History of the American Empire, provides more evidence of the negative impact of global corporations on the economies and ecologies of poor countries, as well as offering suggestions for making corporations behave more like good citizens. Since the late 1980's he has been heavily involved with non-profit organizations in Ecuador and around the world.

Preface
Prologue
1963-1971
An Economic Hit Man Is Born
"In for Life"
Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM
Saving a Country from Communism
Selling My Soul
1971-1975
My Role as Inquisitor
Civilization on Trial
Jesus, Seen Differently
Opportunity of a Lifetime
Panama's President and Hero
Pirates in the Canal Zone
Soldiers and Prostitutes
Conversations with the General
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History
The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair
Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden
1975-1981
Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene
Iran's King of Kings
Confessions of a Tortured Man
The Fall of a King
Colombia: Keystone of Latin America
American Republic Versus Global Empire
The Deceptive Resume
Ecuador's President Battles Big Oil
I Quit
1981-Present
Ecuador's Presidential Death
Panama: Another Presidential Death
My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush
I Take a Bribe
The United States Invades Panama
An EHM Failure in Iraq
September 11 and Its Aftermath for Me, Personally
Venezuela: Saved by Saddam
Ecuador Revisited
Piercing the Veneer
What You Can Do
Epilogue
John Perkins Personal History
Notes
Index
About the Author

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