The Secret History of the American Empire

The Secret History of the American Empire

Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption

Book - 2007
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A riveting exposé of international corruption—and what we can do about it, from the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent over a year on the New York Timesbestseller list.In his stunning memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins detailed his former role as an “economic hit man” in the international corporate skullduggery of a de facto American Empire. This riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé unfolded like a cinematic blockbuster told through the eyes of a man who once helped shape that empire. Now, in The Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, reporters, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm: It’s clear that the world we’ve created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who’s responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations? Addressing these questions and more, Perkins reveals the secret history behind the events that have created the American Empire, including: • The current Latin-American revolution and its lessons for democracy • How the “defeats” in Vietnam and Iraq benefited big business • The role of Israel as “Fortress America” in the Middle East • Tragic repercussions of the IMF’s “Asian Economic Collapse” • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela • Jackal (CIA operatives) forays to assassinate democratic presidents From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton, 2007.
ISBN: 9780525950158
Branch Call Number: 337.73 PERKINS
Characteristics: xv, 365 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 21, 2017

Excellent book, that 10 years after it's publishing date shows how accurate the author depicts the world.

Jan 10, 2014

Publlishers Weekly commenter says: "Typically, a shadowy figure pulls him aside, insists on anonymity, then reveals all. Critics will rightfully accuse Perkins of dreadful journalism and a taste for conspiracy theories. Yet economists admit that loans and "expert advice" to poor nations are often harmful." It is not so much "conspiracy theories" as the reviewer complains, but that Perkins appears to be double dipping: he makes the big bucks being a stooge and lackey of the super-rich, then wishes to cash in with his writing and books. Perkins was too cowardly to even name the "economic hitman company" he worked at [Cabot Corporation, and Booz Allen, and probably other companies, were doing the same], and his late comer's status is highly suspicious. From the time that John J. McCloy was head of the World Bank, in the early 1950s, and denied loans to Guatemala becase they were restructuring their country's land reform, making it more equitable for the farmers and farm workers, which was anathema to the bankster-gangster class, this predatory rapacious capitalistic criminal behavior has been going on, but occasionally, as with the S&L theft/meltdown, over 900 banksters were convicted and sent to jail, but this time no bankster-gangster has been sent to jail and the S&L was so miniscule in comparison to the trillions stolen this time!

Oct 05, 2008

how the bad guys win


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