Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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By (author) John Perkins

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  • Publisher: New American Library
  • Format: Paperback | 303 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0452287081
  • ISBN 13: 9780452287082
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 20,364

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From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," comes an expose of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including: How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big businessThe role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle EastTragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic CollapseThe current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracyU.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and VenezuelaFrom the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. Having raised the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.

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Author information

John Perkins is founder and president of the Dream Change Coalition, which works closely with Amazonian and other indigenous people to help preserve their environments and cultures. From 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas.T. Main, where he became chief economist and director of economics and regional planning. Perkins has lectured and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents and is a regular lecturer for the Omega Center.

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"[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 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

Table of contents

Table of ContentsPreface ix Prologue xvi Part I 1963-1971 1 An Economic Hit Man Is Born 3 2 "In for Life" 12 3 Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM 20 4 Saving a Country from Communism 23 5 Selling My Soul 28 Part II 1971-1975 6 My Role as Inquisitor 37 7 Civilization on Trial 42 8 Jesus, Seen Differently 47 9 Opportunity of a Lifetime 52 10 Panama's President and Hero 58 11 Pirates in the Canal Zone 63 12 Soldiers and Prostitutes 67 13 Conversations with the General 71 14 Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History 76 15 The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair 81 16 Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden 93 Part III 1975-1981 17 Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene 101 18 Iran's King of Kings 108 19 Confessions of a Tortured Man 113 20 The Fall of a King 117 21 Colombia: Keystone of Latin America 120 22 American Republic versus Global Empire 124 23 The Deceptive Resume 131 24 Ecuador's President Battles Big Oil 141 25 I Quit 146 Part IV 1981-Present 26 Ecuador's Presidential Death 153 27 Panama: Another Presidential Death 158 28 My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush 162 29 I Take a Bribe 167 30 The United States Invades Panama 173 31 An EHM Failure in Iraq 182 32 September 11 and its Aftermath for Me, Personally 189 33 Venezuela: Saved by Saddam 196 34 Ecuador Revisited 203 35 Piercing the Veneer 211 Epilogue 221 John Perkins Personal History 226 Notes 230 Index 240 About the Author 248