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A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption [Hardcover]

Steven Hiatt
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1 Mar 2007
"A Game As Old As Empire" exposes many more shocking secrets of a worldwide web of control, corruption, and plunder. It tells how multinational corporations, governments, powerful individuals, banks, other financial institutions, and quasi-governmental agencies operate to enrich small elite and corporate coffers while often impoverishing masses of people and creating debt and dependency that economically enslave countries for generations. This new book provides the first full inside look at how this dark and dirty world functions. It shows that the economic hit man game and the web of global corruption are far more widespread, pervasive, and destructive than Perkins described in Confessions.And, it reveals the deep and dark connections between this economic hit man game and the domination of global empire. Each chapter focuses on a particular case, detailing the methods used to deceive, steal, corrupt, and enforce compliance. These methods range from the clearly sinister (such as bribery, fraud, looting, money laundering, threats, and even the use of "jackals" and other means of violence) to the seemingly altruistic (such as many types of debt relief, development assistance, and foreign aid) that in fact are highly exploitative and onerous.

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753958
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 16.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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STEVEN HIATT has worked as an editor and writer for several Bay Area companies, including Apple Computer, Netscape, Progressive Asset Management, and Stanford Research Institute. He is the editor (with Mike Davis) of Fire in the Hearth: The Radical Politics of Place in America (Verso), and is president of Editcetera, a cooperative of publishing professionals. He and his wife live in San Francisco, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a set of gobsmacking insider accounts from people who have been involved at all levels in international finance, enterprise and government. They lay bare the truth behind the facade of international trade, 'development', and 'debt relief'.

Suffice it to say, Wolfensohn's shenanigans at the World Bank are but the tip of the iceberg at that establishment, and the world's most desperate wars (Iraq, Congo...) are perversely beneficial to our comfortable 'developed' lives, allowing us access to cheap mobile phones and an ongoing oil supply... If any of this is at all worrying to you as a citizen of the world, then buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shows how the world works 3 July 2009
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This book chronicles people's personal tales of how they operated as "economic hitmen". Topics covered include third world debt, offshore banking, cheap cell phones, Nigeria's oil, Iraq's oil, the Phillipines and export credit agencies. Corruption is what oils the wheels of globalization - it keeps the rich, rich and the poor, poor. Information is revealed in this book which no-one would ever know about or no-one would ever know the truth about at least. It was incredibly eye-opening and sobering to find out how the world works and how human beings oppress other human beings for material gain. An absorbing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present 11 Jan 2014
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this was asked for as a christmas present ,it is not my subject but the person who recieved seem very happy with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Game As Old As Empire. 18 Aug 2010
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An absolutely first rate book, of extreme interest to all those concerned by the increasingly powerful influence of 'international' finance within Western Society in recent years. My advice? Buy it while you can!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Aug 2014
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Chilling!
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