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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man Audiobook

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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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.

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    MR M J WATSON 20/09/2016
    MR M J WATSON 20/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting!"

    This book shines a light on the dark dealings of the corporatocracy over the past 4 decades.... absolutely riveting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason CAPE TOWNQ, South Africa 02/08/2016
    Jason CAPE TOWNQ, South Africa 02/08/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "More of the same"
    What did you like most about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Angry, as I was the first time I read the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me angry, and wanting to change the system.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmad 17/10/2016
    Ahmad 17/10/2016
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    "Excellent "

    Informative and historical on the US empire expansion but presented in a story format. Enjoyed immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Varez White 19/10/2017
    Varez White 19/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Holy Shit !!!"

    Holy shit this is good listening !!! Story is fascinating I mean it did depress me at times when I realised some of the situations around the globe kicked off so so so many years ago but my goodness it's pretty dam good. I have a much better understanding of the world we live in and why things tend to unfold how they do. I bet there is an even better book in him about stuff he chose not to talk about just to stay alive. Highly recommend this to anyone with ears and a working brain.

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    MR HOWARD HUGHES 18/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Hypocrisy at its finest."

    Disapointing. Despite his regret over his actions he still kept taking the money until he had enough to retire....Professes regret but clearly has none.

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    Marcus 05/08/2017
    Marcus 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A Non-Fiction American Psycho"

    This book's contents are obscene, depressing and breathtakingly disappointing because we all know what's going on and let it. Perkins writes with a tone of self-flagellation but if you can make it past that, his message is very important.

    If you don't yet understand globalisation and the implications of lobbying, overseas aid, NGOs and tax breaks for corporations and the super rich, you will. And you probably won't like it.

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    Julian 11/07/2017
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    "A must read!"

    Absolutely incredible and worthy of a place in the library of anyone who dares to call themselves a book lover or speaks about world history, geo-politics and current affairs

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    pille 10/07/2017
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    "the life of Mr "special snowflake""

    basically a book about a guy who thinks he is important and the world revolves around him.

    He definitely didn't write the books for economic gain, nor did he know that a lot of undereducated and poor people would be happy to read this book.

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    Gudrun 15/06/2017
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    "Wrong title?"

    Seems to be more ablution capitalism rather than economic hitmen..? I also question the story in how he seemed forced to do some of the things he did...? We never got any sort of proof that he was.

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    Jim Rock US Armed Forces Europe (OIF) 28/05/2017
    Jim Rock US Armed Forces Europe (OIF) 28/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "This is a must read for all curious minds"

    A must read for everyone interested in government, corporations and the geopolitical metamorphosis of regional blocks and international organisations. A fresh perspective on how to view or review issues affecting or likely to affect world events..

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  • Bill Redfield
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    24/02/16
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    "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.

    38 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Luca
    20/05/16
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    "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.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Jdwilson112
    02/04/17
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    "Difficult to decipher fact from fiction"

    I purchased this book thinking I would learn some useful information about global economics, but instead what I got was a hard to believe story littered with left wing propaganda.

    I'm sure there is truth to some of the stories outlined in this book but it difficult to decipher the truth from the padded stories that lack any real facts or research. The author tells his story with a very biased and anti-capitalist theme. I really tried to give this book a chance but I just couldn't get past the left wing agenda and constant jabs against capitalism and the Republican Party. The last straw was when the author quoted an article from Vanity Fair as fact. This is the first audible book I just could not finish.

    The authors points would have been much more valid had he left out his biased views and left wing agenda. The only good part about this audio book was the narration.

    It really is a shame. If you have a basic understanding of global economics then some of the authors points make great sense. This book could have been so much better if the author just stuck to the facts and presenting the story without trying to push his agenda on to the reader.

    I will be returning this one to audible and getting another book that's less politically driven.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Rowville, Australia
    09/05/16
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    "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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • BG
    30/05/17
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    "Do you ever question the nature of your reality?"
    What did you love best about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

    This is the book that ties up many loose ends of modern history and the structure of power. Perkins is a very good writer, clearly has an analytical mind, clearly developed an OPEN mind during his life, and consequently has led a fascinating -- unbelievable? -- life.

    The combination of his skill as a writer and his intellect gives me pause, however. The stories he tells are so shocking and destructive of conventional American narratives that the reader is faced with a stark choice: Either Perkins is one of the best natural con men of our time and this book is a fictional element of an ongoing performance art piece, or much of what you believe is wrong.

    I can't completely dismiss the first possibility, but I strongly believe the second is true. His stories are internally consistent and jibe with reality, which a very meticulous liar could certainly create, but more importantly they make sense from a behavioral perspective, and they often make perfect sense when the official story does not.

    It is a stark choice but it must be made. I don't think anyone could get through the book if they didn't find the stories credible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a controversial choice, but I'll go with the first person narrator of the entire book


    What does Tom Taylorson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sound.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not sure about one sitting, but after listening to the whole thing once, I've listened to several different chapters a second time but at 200% speed.


    Any additional comments?

    The title is stupid. I was aware of this book for several years but I never even read the summary because the title turned me off so badly. It sounds like stupid hyberbole but it's not. If the book is true, and I'm very confident that it is true, then the title is accurate. But you can't assess the truth of the book if you never read beyond the title. Ignore the title and keep an open mind.

    My confidence, but not absolute certainty in the essential truth of the book is based mostly in the consistency and logic of the stories, but also because no one has come out with evidence Perkins is a liar. There are many people in position to release documents that would expose any lies Perkins may have told, but they have not done so. I think spooks would be crawling out of the woodwork to discredit Perkins if he was lying about everything.

    A great book to read first, if you have never read it, is Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner. Good knowledge of CIA history is especially helpful to putting his stories into context. General knowledge of world history, especially focusing on empires and evolution of power, is also key. If you know little or nothing about scale of US intervention in the internal affairs of the vast majority of other countries in the world, both covertly and overtly, you will not get much out of this book Context is everything here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Love
    CLEARFIELD, UT, United States
    17/08/16
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    "More like Liberal Hit Piece"

    A friend recommended this book to me and, although I know his political positions, he revealed a limited premise that really got me excited. What I found, however, was chapter after chapter of a mea culpa by a man who, while self-admittedly escaping his puritanical upbringing, claims to have known he was doing wrong, but did it anyway.

    The story is actually fascinating, but rings hollow as not once during the book does he give any detail of being an economic hit man. In fact the book reads more like a loosely, tied-together, string of Wikipedia entries wherein he inserts himself into that history and then blames Capitalism for every death around the world that could plausibly be related to a western company's market entrance.

    All that being said, there's plenty in this book that I do believe and admire Mr. Perkins for writing a generalized book of a highly slanted perspective of 'Corporatocracy'. At the end of the day, much of this stuff can't be denied, regardless of personal political persuasion. For me, it's really not so much the problems (although hyperbole doesn't help anyone) I disagree with, it's the solutions proposed (e.g., government sponsored via tax-payer dollars) which only continues the cycle of fraud and filling the coffers of other companies.

    If only Mr. Perkins left out the political partisanship (although in two instances he does mention Democrat party officials as facilitators and benefactors of said Corporatocracy), provided some details of how his economic forecasts actually forced governments to accept these loans, some context to his accusations via similar countries that didn't accept the economic incentives and their parallel growth, and didn't just throw crap up to see what sticks (i.e., one of his last chapters he just starts citing random articles that he thinks may corroborate his work, but also says he didn't do any vetting of the articles themselves), I might have been more swayed to what he was peddling.

    Apparently as an Economic Hit Man, Mr. Perkins was superb since he managed to stay and grow in that field, but I seriously doubt his claims of "recruitment by the NSA" led to anything more than a peripheral interest in him due to his association with the son of a foreign dignitary. Also, his writing and conclusions aren't the work of any seasoned intelligence officer as they are laced with conjecture, hyperbole, speculation, and partiality.

    The narrator was superb and I was able to listen at 3x speed without any problem; audio was clear and crisp.

    42 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • jksc2011
    08/05/16
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Crowley
    14/04/16
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    "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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Perpetual
    01/05/16
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    "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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Flint357
    11/07/16
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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