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John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carr¨¦, except it's a true story.

Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led. --Alex Roslin

In his controversial book, John Perkins tells the gripping tale of the years he spent working for an international consulting firm where his job was to convince underdeveloped countries to accept enormous loans, much bigger than they really needed, for infrastructure development--and to make sure that the development projects were contracted to U. S. multinationals. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the American government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able, by dictating repayment terms, to essentially control their economies. It was not unlike the way a loan shark operates--and Perkins and his colleagues didn't shun this kind of unsavory association. They referred to themselves as "economic hit men."

Customer Reviews:

  • Confessions of an Economic Hit May
    This is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. All his mistakes in life are someone elses fault (ie, his parents, school, wives, employer,etc.) It amazes me he stayed with the organization for 3 decades and FINALLY decided it was evil. He takes no responsibility for his actions. Sour grapes to me....more info
  • Self indulgent and lacking depth
    While this is readable and ties in several historical threads of the past 30 years, in the result Perkins fails to make his case that development finance is merely a tool of the "evil capitalist empire". He makes inferences, allusions and assumptions, but he failed to show enough evidence or connectivity to convince one that investing in power plants, roads, ports, etc is a net negative for developing countries. Sure, the world is connected, financed and full of agendas -- lets not throw out the economic baby with caveat-emptor bathwater. Or, as we say in emerging markets, "the only thing worse than being exploited by the developed world is NOT being exploited". Perkin's "guilt" wears a bit thin as he fully believes he's sinful, but accepts the paychecks for 30 years before finally letting go and coming clean. Like Democracy, Capitalism is the worst system, except for all the others....more info
  • Excellent
    This is an excellent book that will raise your awareness of solutions to corporate greed....more info
  • A good read despite the author's ego
    This was my first introduction to the dark side of globalization, so I was fascinated with the stories despite the author's obvious love affair with himself. I have read some of the other reviews attacking the book's credibility, but I believe that the despicable interventions into developing economies to make a quick buck are real. Why wouldn't they be? We see that sort of slash-and-burn capitalism rewarded every day in the US. Companies are bought, sold, and merged with no regard for peoples' jobs or local economies. Shareholders and CEOs are the only concern. I started with Perkins' other book on the topic, The Secret History of the American Empire, which is more of the same.

    That said, it is really important for smart people to start reading credible accounts of the failure of Chicago School economics, which will be revealed as one of the biggest frauds of our day and a true threat to democracy. Selfishness wins in the short term, but true self interest dictates that we invest in fair play, sharing resources, and placing justice above all. In the long run, the success of the community benefits the individual the most. Market forces do not naturally tend toward peace and equal rights, which people universally demand and deserve. Sorry to ruin the frat party.


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  • The dark side of our contemporary empire
    The British wore their empire proudly, we as Americans try to deny our dark side. Whether you finally choose to play down this dark side or come to the conclusion that things must change, you should at least read this insider's story and weigh his conclusions.

    What this story reveals is painful at times, but Perkins writes with an engaging and deeply personal style. What some reviewers are interpreting as egoistic actually is breaking new ground. His work is a twist on the traditional Calvinistic "confessional" tract: a call for a secular spirituality that can embrace and make demands on capitalism for the sake of democracy.

    It is hard not to feel jealous of Perkins, however, as he travels the globe with all his power, money, and privilege. It is as if he is a successful Faust: he made his bargain with the devil and yet has never had to pay his pound of flesh.

    Perhaps he has now made a bargain with the Light Side to speak and write and lead us all to find a better way. He's got his work cut out for him, since most of us participate in some way in the present system. We all need conversions. I basically trust the guy, but each reader must reach his/her own very personal judgments about his story.

    The way to read his story is with an open mind and heart: does what he is saying help to explain things you have read and seen? What defensive reactions are you experiencing and why? What inner work do you need to do to free yourself from the mentalities of empire? Or would you rather go on denying, willing to make the compromises of a hitman even though the world has had enough of that game?

    Or, perhaps, his piece of the puzzle is too dark, too one-sided, or not exactly what we need as a world right now? Is the truth too hard to stomach, or can it motivate us to change? Those who disagree with Perkin's call to change need to come up with their own way to understand the failures of the West in our engagements around the world. The statistics of failure are too stark. The cries of anger and pain are too clear.

    Just as our international corporations have pillaged other countries, this same corporations-government has blatantly pillaged us in Iraq. I was deeply offended as an American citizen by the irresponsible "use" of money. Their(our) behavior made it clear to me before I even read this book that this was business as usual for them, so I was not surprised by John's confession. Much of what John reveals is actually crying out in the newspapers and around us day after day.

    Ultimately, this is a book about spirituality. If we reflect deeply on what each of us have experienced, read, seen, and know about the present state of our society, and our corporate, governmental, and institutional culture, we have to admit that we have slid down the wrong track over the last decades and need to embrace change with courage, a clean heart, and a new commitment to our deepest principles and values.
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  • Egomaniacal Nonsense
    This book proves Mr. Perkins either needs therapy or should have been a Liberal Arts Major in college. His guilt at being a businessman is personal to him in his quest to invent capitalist conspiracies at every turn. Che and Castro would have been proud. The only thing one can say for him is taken from GB Shaw: unreasonable men are responsible for progress. My only regret is buying this book new and giving Mr. Perkins even more money to hoodwink the masses. Out. ...more info
  • Fascinating & Shocking
    During college I came across numerous critiques and debates over the negative aspects of globalization on "emerging countries" in how often times quality of life is worsened, not improved for the local populous. In this respect, Perkins's insights are not revolutionary. However, his discussion of how unchecked personal greed leads to the intertwining of political and financial interests to create a new global empire is fascinating. This new global empire, deemed the "corporatocracy", seeks to advance the interests of unbridled capitalism (read: corporate greed) through a combination of economic and military pressures. What's truly fascinating, and frankly shocking, is that this omnipresent greed is often not the work of handful conspirators, but rather the product of a system that equates materialism and consumption with economic and social development. That's not to say there aren't appalling examples of cloak and dagger conspiracies and purposeful manipulations, such as American support of the House of Saud, the Panamanian invasion, support for the Iranian Shah, and Halliburton in Iraq, but the truly sickening examples are the pervasive and far more subtle manipulations engendered by a system driven by consumption. This book exposes how special interest groups manipulate perception to advance personal interests at the expense of long-term national security and global stability.

    This book is not "political" in the sense that it is a criticism of the current administration, or favors Democrats over Republicans, but rather is an indictment of all drivers of global empire, which includes government, media, and finance heads across the political spectrum. Moreover, this is not a criticism of America as some might suggest. It is a criticism of a perversion of the American ideals of freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness with the pursuit of ever-increasing consumption. This consumption fuels our need for natural resources, which in turn drives our foreign and economic policies leading to corruption and abuse of our power as the world's sole Super Power. It helps illuminate how this abuse has created many of America's enemies, because our dependence on foreign resources has forced us to create this global empire with little regard for those we seek to bring into our spheres of influence. This unsustainable empire building poses far greater risks to the U.S. than any individual terrorist or rogue nation threat because it is this reckless imperialism that destroys empires. Confessions of an EHM is essential reading to understand how the greed of our past continues to drive the current geopolitical instability. Open your eyes to prevent history repeating itself for the next generation!...more info
  • Confessions of another "guilty" liberal
    "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man"
    is another misguided liberal attack on capitalism.
    It is right in showing that the battle of the future
    is not between capitalism and communism (socialism)
    but between capitalism and Islam. Islam is very
    principled (although with a distorted message of hate)
    and so strong in that department, but has not yet
    (if it will ever) developed a strong capitalism.

    Mr. Perkins, the economic "hit man" of the book, has
    fallen victim to liberal guilt. His company would
    entice oil-rich countries, such as Ecuador and
    Indonesia, to "go modern" with huge capital
    loans (for dams, infrastructure, oil wells etc.)
    but these were either stolen by corrupt officials
    or were not planned realistically enough to begin
    to pay off the debt, so the hit man would say
    "Ok, you can't pay off the huge debt with dollars,
    give us oil (or other resources) instead." So
    supposedly the US company would leave them
    poor while it drained off its resources.

    The scenario may have some truth in it,
    but I don't see us draining off huge third world
    resources for repayment of private debt.
    If so, why do we have so much private debt
    ourselves ? And have oil prices been so high ?

    Capitalism is not in principle at fault here, what's
    at fault is poorly managed debt. Perhaps Mr.
    Perkins is criminal, not capitalism itself,
    in unrealistically setting up his deals

    And Islam is at fault for not following its basic
    message of love of God, not hate for man.

    History will show whether misguided religion
    can overpower properly run capitalism, but
    I'm placing my bets on capitalism.


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  • An Enlightening Read
    It is not John Perkins' goal to describe his participation in some US governmental conspiracy. Rather Perkins tremendously gives the reader insightful information in something he calls "corporatocracy." Corporatocracy is made up of banks, corporations, and governments that each play a part in creating an American empire based on manipulation and deceit.

    An economic hit man, according to Perkins, is someone who travels to less developed countries and entices them to receive World Bank loans to develop their infrastructure (such as roads, airports, electrical grids, water purification systems, dams, etc.) The catch is, the loans given to the country must be handed to the US Treasury, who in return, will disburse it among US construction companies who stand to make an enormous sum of money. If the game is played correctly, the country will not be able to pay the loan back. The US will then forgive some of the loans in exchange for a military base or a chance to drill for oil. The real winner of all of this is of course the US.

    I believe Confessions gives us a look at what we all believe is going on behind the curtain, but do not know the specifics. Perkins gives these specifics and so much more. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Perkins Offers Economic Hit
    This book is not only revealing, it is is historical. It provides a level of detail that offers the reader just the right amount of insight into the world our "leaders" have wrought, and it does it in the context of history. This information, tied together with G. Edward Griffin's work, The Creature From Jekyll Island, goes a long way toward identifying the puppetmasters in our world, and why we are on a path of self-destruction. While Perkins doesn't offer a solution to the problems he has helped create, at least not in this book, he does want the reader to seek an action plan of his own. After reading this book, you will be compelled to develop one -- that is, if you have any concern for the future of the world....more info
  • I didn't get it until the very end.
    Poorly written and poorly reasoned, I didn't get it until the very end, when I realized that Mr. Perkins is appalled that the world is run by evil, one might even say sinful, men. Obviously anti-Christian, Mr. Perkins rejects the doctrine of total depravity and chooses to believe that the mostly good, environmentally sensitive population of the earth is oppressed by a complex conspiracy run by a few evil--mostly republican--men....more info
  • Should hold the label: Fiction
    John Perkins reveals his hits in the economic arena. The book narrates nicely with good description of events, places and conversations. However, it is loaded with fantasies, silly scenarios and unbelievable events. This book has no facts, when facts must have been the backbone of such allegations.
    When I started reading it, I though that it might be a good read like "Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma" by Stuart Sim who talks about the the economic fundamentalism of the World Bank. However, I was totally disappointed by the:
    1)Lack of facts
    2)Missing to tell us how he could convince other economists who were reviewing his work and did not agree on his economic growth arguments. What were his arguments against theirs?
    3)His conversations with different locals and his apologetic behaviour through out the book
    4)The fact that he told Claudine (his coach) that he will someday reveal all and she did not even rise an eyebrow. Logically, she would contact her superiors and terminate Mr. Potential Hitman.
    5)On one hand he says that the House of Saud does what it sees appropriate and does not tolerate other Saudis refusing the mentioned deal/contract with the States, and on the other hand he had to buy a Saudi through providing him with blondes.
    6)Other and other pieces in his narrative that makes the whole story seems not related to his true life.
    I stopped reading at page 98.
    This economic hit man thing might be a factual thing, but it definitely did not have John Perkins on its payroll.
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  • A must-read
    Although this book is a highly self-centred and personal account of his role in the "corporatocracy", Perkins' account is an eye-opener and a great introduction into the current state of our world. Perkins has been criticised for publically airing his guilt over his actions, however this is his way of coming to terms with his actions. I don't believe this is fair criticism, as this book is a personal account. It is engaging because it is about John Perkins. It's like criticising an apple for being an apple. However, I do admit that including a three page resume about himself was a bit much. That's way too much ego! That said, I would still recommend this book to people seeking answers to why the world is in the state that it's in, and for anyone else in fact!

    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary story of a modern man facing his inner demons, with the backdrop of a world gone mad. Highly recommended!...more info
  • New conspiracy theories for the for your inner-Marxist.
    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
    It is very rare that I can not finish a book, even one I disagree with the premise, it has to be well written for me to do so. Pekins was an unhappy child, who became be an unhappy man, as a result of his own inability to stand up for his own beliefs, the pages bleed with it.
    While contributing nothing of his own wealth to help the poor he professes to champion, he rails against the capitalist system, continuing to milk this very system he so despises (enough so, he writes a second book, same theme). In a nut shell: This book is an anti-American (anti-capitalist) diatribe, he lauds Jimmah Carter "for all the wonderful things he does" and faults Israel for the troubles of the Mid-East.
    He blames corporate America for getting the third world into debt. What? They don't know math? How many of us bought "too much car" or "too much house" happens every day, but whose fault is it? The dealer, the real estate lady, the bank, noooo it's own own fault for over-spending our budget. The numbers are merely bigger at the national level. Live with your mistakes, and don't blame someone else for what you should know better for. Perkins is just another left-wing belly-ache, refusing to take responsibly for their choices. There highlights the true difference between capitalism and socialism: personal responsibly. Would J. Pekins chose live in one of his socialist paradises? Any guesses?...more info
  • confessions of a boring sychophant
    I gave this worthless book to a friend so that he would have something to use as kindling in his fireplace. I cannot comprehend all of the adulatory reviews. Mr. Perkins advances our understanding of the gangsters out to destroy us not one iota.
    Readers and researchers would be much better served to purchase the books of the last great American patriot Eustace Mullins instead (Secrets of the Federal Reserve & The World Order).
    Mr. Mullins is a researcher without peer, and lays bare the nature and history of the true gangsters who are out to destroy us, fiscally and otherwise....
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  • Reality check.
    This book is a must read especially with the current economic crisis in mind. It is a reality check for the reader. I could not put it down until I finished....more info
  • Redressing Inequality
    Hard-hitting expose` written by a repentant insider who seems to sincerely wish to reverse the process of the exploitation of poor and developing nations by the rich and powerful, developed nations working in collusion with corporate interests and wealthy elites in these poor countries. It is rich with detail, and the final few chapters offer possible solutions or at least remedies to the current state of decay in North-South relations....more info
  • Global Empire through a far more subtle manner
    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man takes an in depth view of America's history and consequently world history. Perkins ties our economic agenda into the machine consisting of government, corporations, and banks, demonstrating how imperialism is stronger and more present than ever, but has taken on a far more subtle approach. He indulges into his corporate role as an economist who helped take over foreign governments through fallacious economic projections resulting in amounts of debt equivalent to enslavement. Perkins continues to write about the alternatives faced when men such as him didn't succeed, specifically situations such as those we face now in Iraq.
    Greed, global empire and corruption are all disastrous truths most would prefer not to touch, but the feeling of ignorance before reading this book towers that miniscule desire to turn the other cheek.
    Josh L.

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  • Book with an identity crisis -- but still worth reading
    I'd wanted to read this book for a long time before getting my hands on it -- especially knowing that it inspired very interesting conspiracy theories/documentaries like Zeitgeist. On a 12 hour flight from Beijing to San Francisco, I finally got around to reading it. Did it live up to my expectations?

    Yes, and no. This book has a definite identity crisis, a distinct confusion about what it wants to be. Is it a tell-all? Is it a documentary? Is it a moral tale? Is it a dramatic novel? There are a few chapters where the book seems to want to switch among these possibilities, or try to embody them all at once. Of course, no book can be all or more than a couple of these things.

    Whatever it is, /Confessions/ has a lot of interesting food for thought to offer you. I think if Perkins had stuck to just one or two genres for his writing, the book would have had more of an impact. As I read through it, I had this feeling (and hope) that just around the corner there would be some big PUNCH: an explosive insight or horrifying revelation or dramatic twist out of the blue. But alas, upon reading the last word of the last chapter of the book, I had to admit that the PUNCH was not going to come. This book lacks "oomph", as my mother would say.

    But all that does not detract from what you can get out of this book: what I consider to be a healthy skepticism about the mainstream media, big corporations, big government, and the American lifestyle in general. If nothing else, /Confessions/ should tickle your mind a bit. It may not unplug you from the Matrix, but it might get you to consider a small dose of red pills....more info
  • loved it
    Goes perfectly with the likes of The People's History of the United States. I really loved this book because I had a sense that this was happening but I just didn't know how. Very very good book, a must read for anyone who likes to think critically about American foreign policy, the World Bank and the plight of indigenous people. ...more info
  • Horribly slow
    The book was good. In nice condition and everything, but it took forever to ship. I needed it and ordered it two weeks in advance, and it got here after my we were supposed to have read the first two parts (three weeks after I ordered it), so needless to say, I had to go out and buy one from Waldenbooks before this one arrived. Three weeks to send a book is insane....more info
  • Whether you believe Perkins or not, this book should be read.
    Have you ever wondered how the world really, really, really works? Perkins attempts to show insight into the secretive world of global finance, emphasis on markets, and the quest for American Empire.

    I really wanted to love this book, yet at times it felt more than a bit shallow. It is hard to know what is true and what may be distorted. Perhaps Perkins cannot come completely clean.

    Having lived abroad for several years in the 1990's I can attest to the "Ugly-American" syndrome, and how some have contempt for foreign cultures.

    Debt burden and the rise of the Corporatocracy are true and attestable. If you don't believe it, search for "Project for a new American Century" on Google. Take a look at the membership, and you will find many of the cast of characters within Perkins book.

    Remember, "The greatest trick the Devil ever performed, is convincing the world he doesn't exist."

    Cheers!
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  • Great Reading of World events Not usually seen in the News.
    This book will amaze you of world events that you usually wouldn't hear on the news. This man has risked his life writing his life story to the public. Exposing dark secrets that only an inside source would know about world events. ...more info
  • Insight to US Foreign Policy
    Amazing insight to US strategies to ingratiate itself into the governing elite around the world. I don't think Perkins is a conspiracy theorist and can't believe he's still alive! He exposes his information and perspective about tactics to "own" the economies of strategic countries around the globe. A must read to understand why the US is held in such low esteem by many countries while shedding light on the sometimes curious alliances we build....more info
  • Shaken, not stirred, then tossed over your shoulder for good measure
    I don't doubt the main premise behind this book: the world financial market and leading financial institutions seek to dominate emerging markets to maximize profit for their own gain. I also don't deny the very real historical facts covered in places such as Latin America and Indonesia. But to call this piece of work "history" is a farce.


    The picture Perkins of himself seems part Bourne, part Bond. It is fanciful, generalized, and darkly romantic. It lacks the unmistakable flavor of truth.

    In his Q & A that follows the novel, he responds to whether or not he fears for his life since he divulged so much information. To which he replies (and to paraphrase), his death would lead to more copies of his book being sold, thus more publicity about the evil empire seeking to crush the little people of this world.
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  • Confessions indeed.
    John Perkins gives a good account of his understanding of how the building blocks of empire in this new age of global finance is achieved. There is one question that I tried to answer throughout the book, but could not find the answer. John seems to feel very guilty, and attempts to purge his sins with this book. ?Are his economic "hits" just the tip of the iceberg? For that I'll have to wait to finish reading Chalmers Johnson's book Nemesis. John fails to deliver the broader vision that Chalmers does into the working of empire building and its relation to the failing republic....more info
  • Pompous twit
    What an incredible pompous twit. I wanted to strangle this guy, just from his writing style. Its as if he saved the world by writing this (really, really poorly written) book.

    The story is interesting. I have little doubt that a lot of it is true, but MY GOD, this guy cannot write at all....more info
  • Good for Americans to read
    The subject of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is something that to much of the world outside of the USA is common knowledge but is hidden from the view of those living within its borders. It is an essential read for any American who has ever asked the question: "Why does the rest of the world hate us so much?" It is an essential read for those hoping to understand the state of current world affairs and the spread of globalization. At the very least, it will either prompt you to empathise with the state of those enslaved by the system, or to reject what you have just read as utter foolishness. In either case, at least you will understand the very real mindset of people around the world....more info
  • I'm surprised John Perkins is still alive
    Thank you for talking John.

    Turn off your desperate housewives, and American idol long enough to see what is really going on in our world.

    Wake up people!...more info
  • Could not put it down
    I found this book an amazing read. It combined reality with subterfuge on a massive scale, and showed how modern Imperialism impoverishes third world countries while making their political families wealthy and indebting these nations. This is all deemed necessary to turn them into the pawns in the superpower chess game. Forget democracy, as preached by President Bush, his machine is perpetuating these values - just think of the keywords "Haliburton" and "Cheney" in rebuilding Iraq.

    What was most powerful for me was how the author came to his own epiphany and changed his lifetime goals. The book was suppressed for some time but I for one am so pleased that it was published. Now we can do something about this.
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  • Excellent inside story
    This is an excellent inside story that has been cleverly hidden for years by the US administration. Unfortunately, the same scenario is at large even now....more info
  • A revelation of who the real terrorists are
    I am suspicious of reviews that try to undermine this book. Mr. Perkins has enclosed a typed copy of his resume (on a typewriter) from that era with all the companies listed that he worked for then. There is little doubt that these confessions are the truth. In fact he probably left out a lot of the more sinister details that could endanger him and his family.

    John Perkins is a whistle-blower and an American patriot for coming clean on the hidden evil system unknown to most.

    A shocking revelation into who the real terror organization is....more info
  • "Film Noir" or political-economic "third rail?"
    Why has America's prestige in the world fallen? Why are we involved in costly international intrigues? This book's title is sensational-appearing but the subject is serious. The issues raised aren't hype they are happening today.

    Mr. Perkins' experiences relate closely to my observations as a national finance and banking executive in this country. The economic methods that he describes have been and are being used domestically. We are now experiencing their cannibalizing effects on our own economy.

    What should have been obvious to me, in the international setting, was made clear by John Perkin's book with the "film noir" title. The corprate-political machine described has no respect for national sovereignty including, I fear, our own.

    Please read, share and debate this very readable book.

    P.S. When I wrote this review. I didn't think that the economic crises that we brought to other countries would come home so soon. Read the book to see what you may do!...more info
  • an excellent insiders' view of the "corporatocracy"
    John Perkins' work is an excellent view from the inside of the goals of corporate capitalism, motivated by greed, with no concern for the people of the developing countries or for the ecosystems of their lands. Recent events indicate that a variety of this unrestrained greed has led the US into a thundering Wall Street crash.
    When reading those reviewers who sharply criticize this book, it would be wise to look into who they are and what their motives might be....more info
  • Powerful Book, Every American should read
    This was an audiobook I picked up some time ago and didn't get into immediately because it sounded to conspiracy theory-ish. Well, after a recent road trip and coming across a lot of information that confirmed the stories, I must say it is an incredible book that has true stories told from authors personal experience which have actually made me really take a look at my life and lifestyle and change things up. I'd been a libertarian/ free market capitalist proponent and hadn't come across much to make me think there were any options better out there. I still think each of those philosophies has it's place, but our corporations are out of control, and we must all act now to keep them in their place, or stories similar to what is found in this book will likely become more and more prevalent, widespread and harmful. ...more info
  • the subject was one of a kind
    the reason I bought the book was to answer few question marks I had observed,me growing up in the middle east.
    the book is a hard truth about how the word's been running post WW2,
    the only think that I might disagree with the author is ,for 400 years the middle east was suffering of corruption under different names and in different ways ,lately the USA ,well it is what we call the nature law .
    radicals grew in our area not because of US policy only but further more for internal reasons they have been widely rejected in the area for long time what changed is now they became more popular yet still a big minority.
    what I am trying to say the US wasn't the solo player in the modern word corruption they just used it for their own benefit ( not their own people benefit)....more info
  • A Rare Conscience in the American Empire
    Thank you John Perkins for your insight into what the American Empire is doing to the world. It's refreshing to take a break from the TV network propaganda and get some real scoop about our own country. In fact, one of my favorite parts of your book is the following: "...We have such difficulty listening to the real story. We prefer to believe the myth that thousands of years of human social evolution has finally perfected the ideal economic system, rather than to face the fact we have merely bought into a false concept and accepted it as gospel". Because you see, Mr. Perkins, your description of the immense subtlety involved in the economic hit man business is the very cunning process referred to in Alexis De Tocqueville's book, "Democracy in America" when he writes that civilization has perfected despotism. This process is better explained in the book, Don't Weep for Me, America: How Democracy in America Became the Prince (While We Slept) May everyone read your book, and may everyone understand that the details are not the point.

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