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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man .

About the Author: John Perkins

John Perkins is an activist and author As a former chief economist at Boston strategic consulting firm Chas T Main, Perkins says that he was an economic hit man for 10 years, helping U.S intelligence agencies and multinational corporations cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business.However, after several years s

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    At the end of Three Days of the Condor the guy who is not Robert Redford, the guy who is the evil CIA operative who has been trying to bring him home throughout the film which we have guessed is a euphuism for take him out is talking about why the CIA does bad, manipulative things in the world He tells Redford that it is simple economics and anyway, what would Redford expect them to do Redford says he should ask the American people first The CIA man looks at Redford in the way so many people do when confronted with the naivety of the person they are talking to, but finally replies, Ask them when there s no heat and they re cold Ask them when their engines stop Ask them when people who have never known hunger start going hungry Want to know something They won t want us to ask them They ll want us to get it for them The whole way through this most remarkable book I found myself thinking of that line and that last scene from Three Days of the Condor This is one of the most fascinating books I ve read in quite a long time It reads like a Le Carre novel or something by Graham Green, and yet it is autobiographical A young man becomes drawn into international finance and has the role of convincing third world countries particularly the leaders of these countries to take out loans that are so huge their countries will never be able to repay th...

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    Terrible Here s the book in a nutshell I m in 3rd world country doing I feel bad about this I meet He takes me to I learn I return to my out of touch american enclave and happen upon He like a prophet The process then repeats.Anyway, I m sure the ideas i...

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    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, while purportedly the author s memoir and hard hitting expose of his work in the corporatocracy , reads like a flat and repetitive mass market thriller In the 1970s, John Perkins began working for MAIN, an international consulting firm, as an economist who developed inflated projections of development in poor countries, so that they would then become dependent on richer countries like the United States As Perkins explains, the corporatocracy consists of international corporations, banks, and governments that utilize various financial and political resources to enforce and maintain the idea that all economic growth is beneficial, and futher, is most beneficial to those that instigate, while those who do not should be exploited To illustrate this idea, Perkins explains his travels and work in countries such as Panama, Indonesia, and Ecuador He also details his transition from economic hit man to concerned American citizen.For all I know, Perkins account may be one hundred percent true, but there were several things which I did not find convincing He presents the idea of the corporatocra...

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    Good message, important, but reads like fiction If this guy wanted to have any serious impact he should have written something less sensational Also, he s a jackass He spent his whole life screwing over everybody, including his friends, ...

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    My short review is this Confessions is a good introduction to the darker side of foreign policy and the effects of globalization.My slightly longer explanation is this Paradoxically, what makes the book accessible is also what turns many people off to it It takes a chunk of history about a particular topic, and describes it in largely narrative form Much of this is due to the book being an account of Perkins career during that time Admittedly, it becomes somewhat taxing at times to slog through Perkins attempt at literary description I doubt I d read a fiction novel from him However, the book is still mostly content, and important content at that The topic is mainly about how the altruism of globalization is a hoax, and how our government does some quite terrible things to maintain its interests I ve heard many people complain about not being able to sympathize with the author, but I don t really think that s the point If you re looking for a good fire side read, this isn t it Additionally, I m amazed how many people have simply brushed the book off with an I don t buy it The book is meant as a spring board, not a road map Agree or not, at least go out and do some research on the topic To simply disagree with an idea because it s hard to swallow is a level of self denial that keeps therapists in business So, ultimately, if you re new to...

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    This is a remarkable work, decades in the making Perkins is the real deal, an economist who worked for international consortia to pillage the third world The modus operandi was to perform economic analysis of target nations that indicated a rate of growth far in excess of any real possibility in order to justify offering those nations huge loans, loans they were never expected to be able to repay The point of this was twofold First, the money loaned would find its way right back into the pocket of American corporations, because it would be used for major construction projects, roads, dams, electrification projects The economic benefits would never accrue as predicted, so the host country would be saddled with crushing debt and then be forced by entities like the IMF to slash and burn domestic social services in order to make interest payments The benefits of the development would go to the elite of the host nations, at the expense of the lower classes In fact, he offers data showing that poverty increased over the term of such foreign investment Local elites were essentially bribed to go along, and they in turn acted as enforcers for the Ameri...

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    Here s why a lot of people won t like this book it s brutally honest, historically accurate, and it has a message.Here s why a lot of people will like this book see above.Perkins story about himself is not for everyone I ll tell you that right now The biggest reasons are a his constant dealings with historical leaders, politics, and world geography throughout the 60 s, 70 s, and 80 s and b even though he translates many economic terms and explains what he s doing, how, where, when, and why, it could be confusing or overwhelming for the average reader This isn t a rip by any means, it s just the reality of the book I mean, look at the title Let me put it this way if I were to read a book about a guy who does C for a living, I d be lost Same idea On the other hand, if you like history, politics, and economics, then this Bud s for you Perkins does a great job with the tempo of his book, and really explains how othe...

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    I don t know why I keep reading books like thisI only get and depressed about the state of the world Perkins story is well told and it kept me interested throughout Like a lot of other political books I ve read of late, this one is made even relevant by the events that have occurred even in the short time since it was published The book tells the tale of the American led imperialism around the world leading up to the events of 9 11 and even the subsequent invasion of Iraq The sad part is the characters have barely changed in the past 30 years the same few idiots have manipulated world affairs and they are still doing it Dick Cheney foremost among them I ll tell you this, if you have any doubts that the Bechtels and Halliburtons of the world are in charge of everything including American foreign policy this book will rid you of those doubts One bright spot is that Perkins ends the book with some advice on how we as real Americans can change things I m not optimis...

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