Confessions of an Economic Hit Man Book By John Perkins (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a semi-autobiographical book written by John Perkins, first published in 2004.
The book provides an account of Perkins' career with engineering consulting firm Chas. T. Main in Boston. According to Perkins, his job at the company was to convince leaders from underdeveloped countries to accept substantial development loans for large construction and engineering projects. By ensuring these projects were contracted to American companies, such loans provided political influence for the US and access to natural resources for US companies, 15, 239 primarily helping wealthy families and local elites, rather than the poor.

Suggesting a system of corporatocracy and greed (rather than a unilateral conspiracy), Perkins claims the involvement of the National Security Agency (NSA), with whom he interviewed for a job before joining Main. According to the author, this interview effectively constituted an independent investigation that led to his subsequent hiring as an "economic assassin" by Einar Greve, the firm's vice president (and alleged NSA liaison).

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Assassin in the 1980s, but "threats or bribes always convinced to stop."

Book Details
Genre: Biography
OCLC: 55138900

Book Summary
From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man emerges an exposition of international corruption and an inspired plan to change the course of future generations.

With a presidential election just around the corner, questions about America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former economic assassin John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA agents, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret story of the events that have created the current American Empire, including:

How defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
Israel's Role as Fortress America in the Middle East
Tragic Impact of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy.
US mistakes in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela

From the US military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a corruption conspiracy that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the world, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. After raising the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.

Book Review
In this surprising revealing book, former economic assassin (EHM) John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others tricked countries around the world with trillions of dollars. It then reveals how the deadly EHM cancer it helped create has spread far more widely and deeper than ever in the United States and everywhere, to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, it offers an internal vision of what each one can do to change it.

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About The Book Author John Perkins
John Perkins is an author and activist whose 10 books on global intrigue, shamanism, and transformation including "Touching the Jaguar," "Shapeshifting" and the classic "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" have been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 70 weeks, sold over 2 million copies and are published in at least 35 languages.

As chief economist at a major consulting firm, John advised the World Bank, United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, US, and other governments. He regularly speaks at universities, economic forums, and shamanic gatherings around the world and is a founder and board member of the Pachamama Alliance and Dream Change, nonprofit organizations that partner with indigenous people to protect environments and that offer global programs to change the destructive ways of industrial societies.

John advises corporations, executives, and entrepreneurs on ways to make the transition from a Death Economy (exploiting resources that are declining at accelerating rates) to a Life Economy (cleaning up pollution, recycling, and other technologies that create regenerative lifestyles and economies) -- a subject that is detailed in "Touching the Jaguar."

John has lived four lives: as an economic hit man (EHM); as the CEO of a successful alternative energy company, who was rewarded for not disclosing his EHM past; as an expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism, a teacher and writer who used this expertise to promote ecology and sustainability while continuing to honor his vow of silence about his life as an EHM; and as a writer who, in telling the real-life story about his extraordinary dealings as an EHM, has exposed the world of international intrigue and corruption that is turning the American republic into a global empire despised by increasing numbers of people around the planet.

John's Books:
Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Actions to Change Your Life and the World
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Secret History of the American Empire
The World Is As You Dream It
The Stress-Free Habit
Spirit of the Shuar

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