Book: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

I have just finished the book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (paperback). From the back cover:
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 debts, the American government would request their "pound of flesh" in favours, including access to natural resources, military co-operation 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 government 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.
I really enjoyed this book but I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about it. In one hand, many of the things that its author explains sound perfectly right and are aligned with what you probably have read in many other books (No Logo, the World is not for sale and so on), or more generally, about Latin-America history in the 80s. In the other hand, unfortunately, he provides very little evidence or data to backup most of his points.

I still recommend its reading even if may be it should be read as something that is not really such a true history. See the book's page at Wikipedia.

jordi Sunday 24 February 2008 - 9:28 pm | | Default

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