The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters.
The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "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". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled.
In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it.
Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.
©2004 John Perkins (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
If, like I did, you expected this book to be a sequel to the first gripping tale, you will be, as I was, somewhat disappointed. It is for the most-part,the retelling of the same story, albeit with a few extra bits added. The last section of the book does indeed add fresh information which is interesting. It just felt like so much of the book was superfluous, if you had already read the original.
Angry, as I was the first time I read the book.
Made me angry, and wanting to change the system.
Government has a vested interested in corporations from that nation benefiting from development 'aid' to other countries...this should not be a surprise to anyone. USAID requires US companies to execute contracts - of course it will be loaded in their favour.
Over-inflated unsubstantiated role in events with little detail. Some interesting historic accounts of events, but a lot of conjecture.
Fascinating book for those keen to know what Governments get up to in our name. It took guts for John Perkins to write this book because the Jackals could easily have taken him out (and he knew that). I'd strongly recommend this book.
Truly remarkable account of the way the world works in commerce. Almost unbelievable accounts of events which make you really think about the world we live in
"Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one"
A lot of repeat information for about the first half with some, not much more detail or clarity of the first book. So I wouldn't waste the money buying the first rendering. The remaining 15 or so chapters are packed full of new and some repeat information for clarity purposes because there is a lot going on.
Now about the content, it had and has me pissed off knowing all the misinformation that has been pushed to the general public while the greedy bastards are still continuing to conquer, destroy, kill, manipulate, ..... and no one is held accountable. The outsiders pay dearly on a continuous basis without the slightest smidgen of guilt or compassion. Pure evil is the best way to describe it.
"Read, read, read!!"
This book is a must read, especially for any American who may be struggling to understand the world we live in today and what role the US plays in it.
"Must read/listen for everyone."
Empires come and go. Unfortunately during their rise and demise; you, your family, your community incur debt and loss of liberty. This current day fact based book uncovers not only corporate sponsored slavery bigotry and genocide but most importantly what you can do to change it.
"the crazy untold story of international relations"
this is a compelling story, or collection of stories that will have you questioning everything you hear in the news.
"Time to Open our Eyes - and Say Enough!"
After listening to The Creature from Jekyll Island and others, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man really is a eye opener and it fills in the gaps. This book is a must listen if you really want to understand what is going on in the global economy. If your concerned for the environment and why the World Bank says they want to eradicate global poverty but in fact are the agents who support global corporations to rape the 3rd world, then your ready to swallow the red pill and buy this book.
"Vivid accounts of historic hidden truth, it's a..."
Sad Necessary Awakening to the Real State of the Union. This updated edition brings us right up to 2015 atrocities and sources of hope and action.
The title gives you hints about the content, but you can never be prepared for the stories that the author talks about. You can never have imagined the extent of the manipulation of the US government and corporatocracy of the different countries around the globe, and to their heads of state. I thought I was reading a James Bond book (but of course the character of James Bond is too nice compared to this).You can never imagine that worldwide institutions like World Bank or IMF could also be implicated in such schemes and how much the big US corporates are involved in dirty international politics.
This is a must read book.
a lot of great informative information given in a very easy to understand way you will learn a lot about how the world works that's not as obvious
"This is the red pill."
It's every bit as good as its first edition but what makes it better are the current events outlined in the later part of the book. Dots connected, indeed.
"Confirmations of Fear"
This book confirms much of what you fear goes on among massive multinational corporations and our governments. Much of the "aid" we send other countries through various financial mechanisms is a veiled attempt at strangling them with debt and dependences as those countries develop. Perkins does a great job sharing the behind the scenes activity and the reasons for it, painting a complete picture of the things we suspected were happening. Perhaps the only negative about this book is that some of the later chapters get washed out with generic suggestions to prevent this in the future albeit a very positive message. When even our political system is used against us, keeping us fighting unimportant battles with each other, it is hard to accept a simple message of buying goods from good companies and acting in good conscience after the level of moral disregard and wanton malevolence is made clear.
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