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As an EHM, in the '60s and '70s, covertly recruited by the US National Security Agency, John Perkins helped further American imperial interests in countries such as Ecuador, Panama, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. He tried to write this book four times, but was threatened or bribed each time to halt. The events of 9/11 - a direct result of the activities of EHMs in the 1970s - finally forced him to confront the role he played himself, and to reveal the truth to the rest of the world. "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" has become a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US. It has been called the book that finally 'connects the dots, the book that best explains what is really going on in the world'. Once you've read it, you will find yourself recommending it to everyone you know. It can truly change the way you view the world. As one US reader writes: 'I feel that this is not just a book - it is an event, with powerful cultural and political ramifications. This book turns our understanding of history upside down, and I implore you to read it as soon as you possibly can. The more people who are aware, the more easily change can be brought about.'
'ECONOMIC HiT MEN 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 poorer countries to accept enormous development loans - and to make sure that such projects were contracted to U.S. companies. Once these countries were saddled with huge depts, the Americans government would request their "pound of flesh" in favours, including access to natural resources, military cooperation and political support.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN is the story of one man's experience inside the intrigue, greed, corruption and little-known govrnment and corporate activities that the U.S. have been involved in since World War II. The message is clear, unless these clandestine activities are stopped, they will have dire consequences for our future.
"Perkins has ripped open the belly of the financial buccaneers. Here are the real-life details of international corporate skullduggery spun into a tale rivaling the darkest espionage thriller" Greg Palast, author of the Best Democracy Money Can Buy
"A true, powerful, revealing and bone-chilling story" David Korten author of the bestselling When corporations Rule the World.
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|Part / Years||Chapter||Description||Page No.|
|1||An Economic Hit Man is Born||3|
|2||"In for Life"||12|
|3||Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM||20|
|4||Saving a Country from Communism||23|
|5||Selling My Soul||28|
|6||My Role as Inquisitor||37|
|7||Civilization on Trial||42|
|8||Jesus, Seen Differently||47|
|9||Opportunity of a Lifetime||52|
|10||Panama's President and Hero||58|
|11||Pirates in the Canal Zone||63|
|12||Soldiers and Prostitues||64|
|13||Conversations with the General||71|
|14||Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History||76|
|15||The Saudi Arabian Money-Laundering Affair||81|
|16||Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden||93|
|17||Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene||101|
|18||Iran's King of Kings||108|
|19||Confessions of a Tortured Man||113|
|20||The Fall of a King||117|
|21||Colombia: Keystone of Latin America||120|
|22||American Republic versus Global Empre||124|
|23||The Deceptive Résumé||131|
|24||Ecuador's President Battles Big Oil||141|
|26||Ecuador's Presidential Death||153|
|27||Panama: Another Presidential Death||158|
|28||My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush||162|
|29||I Take a Bribe||167|
|30||The United States Invades Panama||173|
|31||An EHM Failure in Iraq||182|
|32||September 11 and its Aftermath for Me, Personally||189|
|33||Venezuela: Saved by Saddam||196|
|35||Piercing the Veneer||211|
|Join Perkin's Personal History||226|
|About the Author||248|
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