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Fact or fiction, the message deserves serious attention,
This review is from: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: The shocking story of how America really took over the world (Paperback)Brilliant, in an odd kind of way! The paradox of this book is that it often reads like an unbelievable and corny spy thriller, while simultaneously dealing with probably the most real and important issues facing humanity and the planet today. I am sure the author is well aware of this - a more academic, or more "credible" account would have reached far fewer people. Regardless of how much artistic license John Perkins may have used, the essence of this book has a sobering ring of truth about it.
Perkins takes us through his autobiographical account of life as an economic hit-man or EHM. "We are an elite group of men and women who utilize financial organizations to foment conditions that make other nations subservient to the corporatocracy running our biggest corporations, our government, and our banks." From 1971 to 1980, this found him working in developing countries (eg. Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Panama), subtley and not-so-subtley building the global American Empire. The real-life politics is interesting.
Perkins eventually quit his job, finally finding the greed and hypocrisy too difficult to deal with. This was partly a result of getting to know the natives of each country he worked in and his social life makes entertaining reading. Although he left the EHM job in 1980, it took the events of September 11th 2001 to finally inspire him to come completely clean and publish this book.
The epilogue is a nice little wake-up call in itself.
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Initial post: 2 Aug 2008 02:11:33 BDT
Jonas Nohr says:
This book is either a con done by an old hippie or a neocon indisguise.
Oh by the way this book is, pardon my french, a bucket full of crap!
I have worked with currupt ministers and officials my self in Tanzania, f.ex. the minister of energy and minerals 1999-2002, and his descriptions (though set in south america f.ex) ring untrue.
Posted on 9 May 2011 12:03:52 BDT
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William A. Heimiller says:
It would make more sense that Perkins was totally honest, as any discrepancy might undermine the overall credibility.
Perkins affirmed that everything in the book was accurate.
On youtube, in his 2 hour 'Interview - Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - Part II' , at 43:30 he addresses the factual accuracy of his story. Essentially he reasserts that the details and deals were documented. Perkins was the chief economist for a Boston firm that specialized in this business, so he should be held as credible, including his assertions about factual integrity, until someone has credible evidence of their own that he has fabricated something.
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 01:07:17 BDT
You just gave away the ending... thanks a lot
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