Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by Perkins, John
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- ISBN: 9780452287082 | 0452287081
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 12/27/2005
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