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Confessions of an economic hit man / John Perkins.

By: Perkins, John, 1945-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2004Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxi, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1576753018 (alk. paper); 9781576753019 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Perkins, John, 1945- | Perkins, John M., 1945- | United States. National Security Agency -- Biography | Chas. T. Main, Inc | World Bank -- Developing countries | Economists -- United States -- Biography | Energy consultants -- United States -- Biography | Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography | Corporations, American -- Foreign countries | Corporations, American -- Corrupt practices | Imperialism -- History -- 20th century | Imperialism -- History -- 21st century
Contents:
1963-1971 -- An economic hit man is born -- "In for life" -- Indonesia: lessons for an EHM -- Saving a country from communism -- Selling my soul -- 1971-1975 -- My role as inquisitor -- Civilization on trial -- Jesus, seen differently -- Opportunity of a lifetime -- Panama's president and hero -- Pirates in the Canal Zone -- Soldiers and prostitutes -- Conversations with the general -- Entering a new and sinister period in economic history -- The Saudi Arabian money-laundering affair -- Pimping, and financing Osama bin Laden -- 1975-1981 -- Panama Canal negotiations and Graham Greene -- Iran's king of kings -- Confessions of a tortured man -- The fall of a king -- Colombia: keystone of Latin America -- American republic versus global empire -- The deceptive r�esum�e -- Ecuador's president battles big oil -- I quit -- 1981-present -- Ecuador's presidential death -- Panama: another presidential death -- My energy company, Enron, and George W. Bush -- I take a bribe -- The United States invades Panama -- An EHM failure in Iraq -- September 11 and its aftermath for me, personally -- Venezuela: saved by Saddam -- Ecuador revisited -- Piercing the veneer.
Summary: A former consultant to the U.S. government reveals the inner workings of the high-stakes economic game that encourages Third World economies to borrow money so that major corporations like Halliburton end up getting the contracts.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1963-1971 -- An economic hit man is born -- "In for life" -- Indonesia: lessons for an EHM -- Saving a country from communism -- Selling my soul -- 1971-1975 -- My role as inquisitor -- Civilization on trial -- Jesus, seen differently -- Opportunity of a lifetime -- Panama's president and hero -- Pirates in the Canal Zone -- Soldiers and prostitutes -- Conversations with the general -- Entering a new and sinister period in economic history -- The Saudi Arabian money-laundering affair -- Pimping, and financing Osama bin Laden -- 1975-1981 -- Panama Canal negotiations and Graham Greene -- Iran's king of kings -- Confessions of a tortured man -- The fall of a king -- Colombia: keystone of Latin America -- American republic versus global empire -- The deceptive r�esum�e -- Ecuador's president battles big oil -- I quit -- 1981-present -- Ecuador's presidential death -- Panama: another presidential death -- My energy company, Enron, and George W. Bush -- I take a bribe -- The United States invades Panama -- An EHM failure in Iraq -- September 11 and its aftermath for me, personally -- Venezuela: saved by Saddam -- Ecuador revisited -- Piercing the veneer.

A former consultant to the U.S. government reveals the inner workings of the high-stakes economic game that encourages Third World economies to borrow money so that major corporations like Halliburton end up getting the contracts.

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Library Journal Review

According to Perkins, a former Economic Hit Man and founding president of Dream Change Coalition, "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other ?foreign aid' organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources." Perkins began this book in the early 1980s but claims to have put it aside owing to threats and bribes. Perkins's daughter Jessica finally inspired him to finish it by declaring, "Don't worry dad. If they get you, I'll take over where you left off. We need to do this for the grandchildren I hope to give you someday." This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel. Perkins vividly recounts his work throughout the world, from Saudi Arabia to Panama to Ecuador, and introduces such characters as Panamanian president Omar Torrijos, who became a personal friend. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

John Perkins was born on January 28, 1945 in Hanover, New Hampshire. He attended Brown University, and Boston University School of Management during the 1960s. His best-known book is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), an insider's account of the exploitation or neo-colonization of Third World countries by what Perkins describes as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government. <p> His 2007 book, The Secret History of the American Empire, provides more evidence of the negative impact of global corporations on the economies and ecologies of poor countries, as well as offering suggestions for making corporations behave more like good citizens. <p> Since the late 1980's he has been heavily involved with non-profit organizations in Ecuador and around the world. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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