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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins - Author

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ISBN 9780452287082 | 320 pages | 27 Dec 2005 | Plume | 5.39 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The runaway bestseller that has generated a major movie deal-and an international dialogue-with over 170,000 copies sold in hardcover and seven weeks on the New York Times list

The runaway bestseller that has generated a major movie deal—and an international dialogue—with over 170,000 copies sold in hardcover and seven weeks on the New York Times list

“Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes,” are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as Empire but one that has taken on terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.”

John Perkins should know—he was an economic hit man for an international consulting firm that worked to convince developing countries to accept enormous loans and to funnel that money to U.S.corporations. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the American government and international aid agencies were able to request their “pound of flesh” in favors, including access to natural resources, military cooperation, and political support.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is the story of one man’s experiences inside the intrigue, greed, corruption and little-known government and corporate activities that America has been involved in since World War II, and which have dire consequences for the future of democracy and the world.

“[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

Preface 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

“[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


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