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Book Title: The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Corporate Corruption|
The author of the book: John Perkins
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.66 MB
Edition: Findaway World
Date of issue: December 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781615745289
Read full description of the books The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Corporate Corruption:Even if John Perkins addressed this book to Americans, I found it worth every minute of my time.
Using first person narration, Perkins recounts his experiences as an American economic hit man (EHM). By definition, EHMs are highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, 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. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. Perkin’s theory is that huge corporations form the bases of what he calls a corporatocracy which is a system of government that serves the interest of, and may be run by, huge corporations and involves ties between government and business. Where corporations, conglomerates, and/or government entities with private components, control the direction and governance of a country, including carrying out economic planning notwithstanding the 'free market' label.
The bulk of the book talks about the different countries Perkin went as an economic hit man. It started in Indonesia, Nepal, Bhutan, Iraq, Kuwait, etc in Asia then to countries in Latin American and ended in Africa. Some of these, like the assassination of political leaders and controversies are not new to my ears. However, you would feel that Perkins is not taking you for a ride because of the details that he incorporated in these confessions.
What I really liked about the book is that, despite his supposedly controversial exposes as a whistleblower, gloom and doom are not the main focus of the book. Towards the end, he recalls one of his speaking engagements where a lady asks him what she could do as an individual to change this corporatoracy. Perkins explained that all of us can do our share by not making these huge corporations to be more socially aware and responsible especially on the flights of the people in the developing third world countries..
As I said above, Perkins written this book with the American people as target readers. He explained that America is an empire because (1) the country is only 5% of the total world population yet it consumes 20% of earth’s natural resources; (2) it has the most powerful military in the world; (3) its culture and language are not only influencing other countries’ but to some extent are adapted by some; (4) its money, the US Dollar, has been the base currency of all the other world currencies since the end of World War II and (5) as an empire it is governed by an emperor but this emperor is not a single individual but a corporatocracy composed of the government, huge corporations and media.
This book calls for the American people to be more proactive and socially-aware of what is happening in the world and not be contented with their comfortable lives. As Perkin stressed in one of his talks: “our children future will not be bright if the children of other less fortunate countries will not be bright too.”
Read information about the authorJohn Perkins is an activist and author. As a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, Perkins says that he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinational corporations cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business.
However, after several years struggling internally over the role he was playing in crippling foreign economies, he quit his consulting job. In the 1980s Perkins founded and directed a successful independent energy company, which he subsequently sold. Since then he has been heavily involved with non-profit organizations in Ecuador and around the world. He continues this work today, in addition to his writing. One of his organizations, Dream Change, is dedicated to shifting consciousness and promoting sustainable lifestyles for the individual and global community.
His new book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a follow-up to best-seller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, will be released in February 2016.
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