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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: The shocking story of how America really took over the world Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091909104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091909109
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An entirely riveting and vital expose of the immoral, underhand dealings of the American corporatocracy - *****" (Independent on Sunday)

"It's all here, in toe-curling detail" (Guardian Weekend)

"One of the most remarkable books I have read in a long time. It is also one of the most frightening ... Perkins' aim is to expose the empire in order to dismantle it. He got out, he emphasises - and the wider world can get out too. We can disband the empire, but only if we know how it really functions. There are few better paces to find out" (New Statesman)

"Once you've absorbed the book's central message, it makes the news look rather different" (Nicholas Lezard Guardian)

"Perkins has ripped open the belly of the financial buccaneers from his unique place on the inside. 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)

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As an EHM in the '60s and '70s, covertly recruited by the US National Security Agency, John Perkins helped further American imperial interests in countries such as Ecuador, Panama, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. He tried to write this book four times but was threatened or bribed each time to halt. The events of 9/11 - a direct result of the activities of EHMs in the 1970s - finally forced him to confront the role he played himself, and to reveal the truth to the rest of the world. "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" has become a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US. It has been called the book that finally 'connects the dots, the book that best explains what is really going on in the world'. Once you've read it you will find yourself recommending it to everyone you know. It can truly change the way you view the world. As one US reader writes: 'I feel that this is not just a book - it is an event, with powerful cultural and political ramifications. This book turns our understanding of history upside down, and I implore you to read it as soon as you possibly can. The more people who are aware, the more easily change can brought about.'

Following his EHM work, Perkins founded Independent Power Systems, an alternative energy provider that successfully changed the US utility industry. He is now president of Dream Change Coalition, a nonprofit organization working with Amazonian and other indigenous people to help preserve their environments and cultures. 'As I travel around the world, I find that people know that their country just received a billion-dollar loan, for example, from the World Bank and that American corporations are there benefiting from the loan, but that their own lives are getting worse,' he says.

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