9780452287082

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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    9780452287082

  • ISBN10:

    0452287081

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/27/2005
  • Publisher: Plume

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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 Timeslist ?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 Manis 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

Author Biography

John Perkins is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Prologue xix
PART I: 1963 -- 1971
An Economic Hit Man Is Born
3(11)
``In for Life''
14(10)
Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM
24(4)
Saving a Country from Communism
28(5)
Selling My Soul
33(10)
PART II: 1971 -- 1975
My Role as Inquisitor
43(5)
Civilization on Trial
48(6)
Jesus, Seen Differently
54(5)
Opportunity of a Lifetime
59(7)
Panama's President and Hero
66(6)
Pirates in the Canal Zone
72(4)
Soldiers and Prostitutes
76(5)
Conversations with the General
81(6)
Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History
87(5)
The Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair
92(15)
Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden
107(10)
PART III: 1975 -- 1981
Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene
117(9)
Iran's King of Kings
126(6)
Confessions of a Tortured Man
132(5)
The Fall of a King
137(4)
Colombia: Keystone of Latin America
141(5)
American Republic Versus Global Empire
146(8)
The Deceptive Resume
154(11)
Ecuador's President Battles Big Oil
165(6)
I Quit
171(8)
PART IV: 1981 -- PRESENT
Ecuador's Presidential Death
179(6)
Panama: Another Presidential Death
185(5)
My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush
190(6)
I Take a Bribe
196(7)
The United States Invades Panama
203(11)
An EHM Failure in Iraq
214(8)
September 11 and Its Aftermath for Me, Personally
222(9)
Venezuela: Saved by Saddam
231(8)
Ecuador Revisited
239(10)
Piercing the Veneer
249(11)
What You Can Do 260(6)
Epilogue 266(12)
John Perkins Personal History 278(4)
Notes 282(13)
Index 295(10)
About the Author 305

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