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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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"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)
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. See all Product description
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Perkins falls into this category very well and at times I found his confessional style more than a little hypocritical.
I also agree with other reviewers who note that it is hard to distinguish between fact and fiction in his recollections, of his very charmed life, which he does his best to dress up as some sort of hair shirt experience.
Mea Culpa boo hoo my heart bleeds for you !!
Having said that I did find this an interesting read and have no doubt that much of what he alludes to is based upon well known govermental "foreign policy" practices, a stark reminder of the world we live in today.
It is as direct result of actions by Perkins and his ilk that the protesters on both sides of the Atlantic e.g (anti Wall St and City Banker bashers) are trying to change in their own direct way.
Perkins has chosen to write a confessional and continue to add to his no doubt considerable assets - perhaps in a bid to clense his soul, whilst still managing to polish both his halo & ego ??.
Definitely worth a read but I am not sure that it will actually change the world he appears to have helped create.
So all we can conclude is that history tells us that when The King is dead, we proclaim long live the KIng or should it be Here comes the new boss - same as the old boss ...... Discuss.
That said, I have been heavily involved in the non-profit world globally - including in the Amazon, Israel and Palestine on the African continent and in far east Asia, I have had meetings and gained insights from some of the biggest political families, attended govt-to-govt meetings, survived the 2013 egyptian coup and got insights into the continental reach and inner workings of multi-nationals, all the while keeping informed and diverse networks as a result.
There is nothing I've seen to suggest that this book isn't extremely authentic but also incredibly honest with it's portrayal of the way the world works. The only difference being now is that water is known more publicly as being the world's most important resource and that we are not managing what we have well enough or strictly enough. Other resources that we need to be aware of are materials that go into tech - like lithium (batteries) and Coltan (most tech devices) - found in the DRC and then those natural and fast growing resources whose properties have far greater significance than we allow them, like hemp.
I never understood the Oliver North story and all the dictators in South America and how they all got there...this book is short and easy to read and reveals so much that is so shocking and unbelievable at first. The facts are clearly presented and his guilt prompted him to confess what he did and reveal the dirty politics in his country, I can understand more clearly why some countries in South America and Middle East have deep distrust in the USA.
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