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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  19,289 ratings  ·  2,427 reviews
From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations

With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Plume (first published January 1st 2004)
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كتاب ممتاز وهو أحد الكتب المفضله لدي بلا جدال .. هو عبارة عن مذكرات قرصان إقتصادي دولي .. ويحكي الرجل تجربته مع هذه الوظيفة.

يتحدث الرجل عن أنه بينما لجأت القوى القديمة (بريطانيا وفرنسا) للإحتلال العسكري المكلف مادياً وبشرياً؛ نهجت الولايات المتحدة نهج مختلف تماماً وهو ما عرف بـ(سياسة الإحتواء الإقتصادي) والتي تتلخص في مبدأ بسيط جداً ألا وهو إستخدام الموئسسات الدولية مثل "البنك الدولي" في تقديم مساعدات إقتصادية وقروض إعمار لدول العالم الثالث مقابل أن تقوم الشركات الأمريكية بتنفيذ المشروعات الكبرى
Terrible. Here's the book in a nutshell. "I'm in <3rd world country> doing . I feel bad about this. I meet . He takes me to . I learn . I return to my out of touch american enclave and happen upon . He like a prophet." The process then repeats.

Anyway, I'm sure the ideas in this book will help some 19 year old get laid. and if you are that 19 year old then I can not recommend this book highly enough.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, while purportedly the author's memoir and hard-hitting expose of his work in the "corporatocracy", reads more like a flat and repetitive mass market thriller. In the 1970s, John Perkins began working for MAIN, an international consulting firm, as an economist who developed inflated projections of development in poor countries, so that they would then become dependent on richer countries like the United States. As Perkins explains, the "corporatocracy" consists ...more
At the end of Three Days of the Condor the guy who is not Robert Redford, the guy who is the evil CIA operative who has been trying to ‘bring him home’ throughout the film - which we have guessed is a euphuism for ‘take him out’ - is talking about why the CIA does bad, manipulative things in the world. He tells Redford that it is simple economics and anyway, what would Redford expect them to do? Redford says he should ask the American people first. The CIA man looks at Redford in the way so many ...more
Good message, important, but reads like fiction. If this guy wanted to have any serious impact he should have written something less sensational. Also, he's a jackass. He spent his whole life screwing over everybody, including his friends, and then he writes a book (for which he probably made lots of money and became famous) and we're supposed to believe this guy suddenly developed a conscience? I don't buy it.
My short review is this: 'Confessions' is a good introduction to the darker side of foreign policy and the effects of globalization.

My slightly longer explanation is this: Paradoxically, what makes the book more accessible is also what turns many people off to it. It takes a chunk of history about a particular topic, and describes it in largely narrative form. Much of this is due to the book being an 'account' of Perkins' career during that time. Admittedly, it becomes somewhat taxing at times t
Will Byrnes
This is a remarkable work, decades in the making. Perkins is the real deal, an economist who worked for international consortia to pillage the third world. The modus operandi was to perform economic analysis of target nations that indicated a rate of growth far in excess of any real possibility in order to justify offering those nations huge loans, loans they were never expected to be able to repay. The point of this was twofold. First, the money loaned would find its way right back into the poc ...more
فاطمة عبد السلام
كنت متخوفة عند شروعي في قراءة هذا الكتاب والذي يبدو من اسمه اني سأواجه تعقيدات إحصائية لن أفهمها ولكن كان هذا عكس توقعاتي تماما . كان الكتاب سيرة ذاتية لما اطلقه على نفسه "إعترافات قرصان إقتصاد" فالكتاب لغته سلسة كحكاية يخبرنا فيها طبيعة عمله وكيف حققوا أهدافهم المنشودة في معظم بلدان العالم.

يعد تلخيص الفكرة الأساسية لعملية القرصنة تلك عن كيفية الإغتيال الإقتصادي للأمم خاصة دول العالم الثالث النامية بإقناع تلك الدول بالتعاون معها للنهوض بها لكي تلحق بركب التقدم عن طريق توقيع عقود مع شركات خاضعة ل
I don't know why I keep reading books like this...I only get more and more depressed about the state of the world. Perkins' story is well told and it kept me interested throughout.

Like a lot of other political books I've read of late, this one is made even more relevant by the events that have occurred even in the short time since it was published. The book tells the tale of the American led imperialism around the world leading up to the events of 9/11 and even the subsequent invasion of Iraq.
Nadia Alblooshi
من أكثر الكتب التي أحدثت لي صدمة في حياتي. هذا الكتاب يكشف عن الحقائق المخفية عن المساعدات التي تقدمها الامبراطوريات للدول الفقيرة. لقد فهمت تاريخ أندونيسيا وبنما ودول أمريكا اللاتينية وأصبحت أفهم لماذا يعيش البعض في فقر مدقع ويرتع آخرون في محيطات الثروة! في هذا الكتاب حقائق تجعلك تمسك برأسك من شدة الألم، وربما ينتهي بك المطاف وقد غيرت نظرتك للعالم من حولك، ووضعت أهدافا جديدة ونزعت أهدافا كثيرة كنت قد وضعتها سابقا.. ببساطة لأنك قد تتعرف إلى أمور أكثرأهمية للعمل من أجلها.
إن هذا الكتاب كان دفعة مه
Jeff Maxwell
May 25, 2007 Jeff Maxwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: economic geeks like myself
Here's why a lot of people won't like this book: it's brutally honest, historically accurate, and it has a message.

Here's why a lot of people will like this book: see above.

Perkins story about himself is not for everyone; I'll tell you that right now. The biggest reasons are a) his constant dealings with historical leaders, politics, and world geography throughout the 60's, 70's, and 80's; and b) even though he translates many economic terms and explains what he's doing, how, where, when, and wh
عمرو عبدالعزيز
كتاب هام جداً وشهير .. بيركنز يقوم بعمل جولة (داخلية) يعرفك فيها بقاذورات خلفية لأباطرة الاقتصاد والمؤسسات الدولية العالمية .. يحتاج هذه الجولة كل منا ليفهم أن العالم بالفعل خطير خطير وكل منا ينام في العسل !
مميزات الكتاب هي تلك النظرة الداخلية الغير متوفرة الا نادراً ، والصيغة القصصية الشيقة للكتاب ..
يعيب الكتاب أن بيركنز لم يكشف الا أشياء قليلة .. كان من الواضح للغاية أن الكتاب في بدايته يعد بالكثير والكثير خاصة بعد أن كشف منذ البداية ألاعيب المرأة التي علمته القاذورات بصراحة ، لكنه بعد ذلك راح
I'd had high expectations of this book and was very disappointed--mostly because I wasn't able to get past the fact that Perkins is a chauvinistic pig who I hated from the beginning til the end. He must have thought the fact that he later wrote a "confessional" about being a chauvinistic pig would make his readers forgive him or feel sorry for him, but that definitely wasn't the case for me. Also, he writes like a horny 10th grader--very poorly, and in the middle of discussing serious issues he ...more
This is garbage. Worse than that, I think this book is dangerous. First of all, I think Perkins is a total liar. I don’t doubt that there are people out there that make their living by betting against developing countries, and I don’t doubt that there are people who have an economic incentive for progressive third world leaders to fail. But I really doubt that the way these people ply their trade is by having beautiful blonds show young business guys (in this case, Perkins) the dark path by inte ...more
Mohamed Hamed

كتاب من الكتب الكاشفة. خِطر خِطر يعني :D ..

الكتاب بيثبت نموذج مُعين و هو أن :

1 - فيه بني آدم بيبقى مطلوب منه يعمل دراسة اقتصادية عن بلد مُعين بُناء على رغبات مجموعة من المُستثمرين و أصحاب الشركات المالتيناشيونال..

2- تقوم بعض الجهات المانحة - صندوق النقد و البنك الدولي .. إلخ - بإقراض هذه الدول بناء على هذه الدراسات إللي غالباً بتطلع خادعة ..

فالدولة تبقى واخده قرض بمليار جنية على أساس أن العائد من الإستثمار هيبقى حوالي مليار و نص مثلاً بعد عشرين سنة ، تطلع الدراسات أكتر كتير من المتوقع و تعجّز ا
Abdelrahman Hamdy

لن أستطيع كتابة ملخص للكتاب ، و لكن من يريد أن يفهم كيف تتداخل السياسة مع الاقتصاد ، من يريد أن يتيقن أن الاستعمار العسكرى لما يعد هو الحل الأمثل الأن لإنشاء الامبراطوريات بل الاستعمار الاقتصادى ، لتغير مفاهيمك عن البنك الدولى و القروض .. اقرأ هذا الكتاب

كتاب دسم .. يفتح لك أفاقا أخرى .. يكفينى أنى عرفت منه اسم لرئيس نبيل اسمه " عمر توريخوس " أنوى بإذن الله قريبا أن أقرأ الكتاب الذى كتبه عنه جراهام جرين ( الجنرال كما عرفته )

Feb 10, 2009 Jeff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Boring, self righteous, and, it turns out, totally made up!
Esraa Muhammed
كتاب مثير,لو قال لى احدهم انك ممكن تقرا كتاب اقتصاد مثير
بالتاكيد كنت سوف اجيبه انك تبالغ
لكن تلك حقيقه ذلك الكتاب لجون بيركنز,هو كتاب قوى من حيث المحتوى
انه ليست مجرد كتاب يفضح الاميبراليه العالميه وسيطره الشركات الكبرى ,انه مثير من حيث الاعترفات واسلوبها والصراع النفسى الذى تعيشه مع الكاتب
اما عن محتوى الكتاب,فانه هناك معلومات يتداولها البعض ولكن عندما تتاكد من اصل تلك المعلومات وعندما تعرف تفاصيلها تعرف بشاعه الحقيقه مثل حقيقه التامر على رئيس بنما وحقيقه النهضه فى المملكه العربيه السعوديه وغسيل
Nothing altruistic about foreign aids; multilateral agencies come in many colors and shapes like World Bank,Asian Bank, US Aid and IMF. Less developed countries leaders succumbed to the temptation of selling their sovereignty to the devils. The lucrative loans for infrastructure loan is not meant for social development to benefit the poor mess instead to ensnare the host countries for political allegiance and control. Who benefits! The local oligarchy. The book reinforce my believe of the decept ...more
The scariest thing about this book is that if you read it having read nothing about the CIA or the overseas financial games the agency (and US corporations acting with CIA influence) has played around the world, it seems like frightening fiction written by a conspiratorial nutjob. If you read it having read a few books about the history of the CIA, you're twice as scared because you know it all may be true. Perkins writing is fitting for the topic, and reading Confessions of an Economic Hitman i ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoir
This book got 5 stars because it is highly disturbing and everyone especially Americans should read this book. Perkins writes his true story of what he did when he was an economic hit man. The basic gist is that he went to other countries promising the growth of their economy if they contracted engineers and workers from the States to install infrastructures such as electricity and running water. It looks like a great idea to the government because they are "helping" their people by creating a b ...more
الكتاب يتكلم عن الأساليب الاستعمارية الجديدة التي اتبعتها الولايات المتحدة في الهيمنة على موارد وثروات الدول النامية وذلك عن طريق خداع هذه الدول بصفقات بناء البنى التحتية ومحطات الطاقة والمياه ثم اثقالها بالديون واغراقها بالمشكلات المالية ثم ابتزازها سياسيا والسيطرة على مواردها وقرارها ..

الكتاب مهم وفيه حقائق كثيرة عن كثير من الالاعيب التي حصلت في كثير من الدول العربية ودول أمريكا الجنوبية .. أسلوب الكاتب في سرد قصته ممتع وبعيد عن النمطية التي تشوب مثل هذه الكتب .. إلا أن الكتاب لا يخلو من تعزي
I don’t want to be overly negative, but Confessions of an Economic Hitman really irked me. I was only four or five pages into it before I got the overwhelming feeling of wading knee deep through bullshit. I think I might have been more tolerant if the book had been better written, but it wasn’t. It was cliched, used lame tropes, got treacly and scanned like bad spy fiction. The big problem with taking a bad John le Carre approach is that there were no stakes. “Oh no, he might expose the truth, b ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 03, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: Kristian Buschmann
Shelves: biography
The author of this book, John M. Perkins (not the same person as the Christian anti-racism activist), devoted the early part of his career to the planned exploitation of Third World economies on behalf of the interests of corporations, primarily American. He represents himself as one of many and his activities as being wholesale. Now, presumably repentent, he has become an advocate of traditional cultures worldwide.

Reading his story has reminded me of a young friend I have. Recently returned fro
هل التقييم أربعة نجوم بسبب المحتوى الصادم؟! ام بسبب الإعجاب بالكاتب الذى كان قرصان اقتصادي يدمر أمم بأكملها ولكنه ندم وكتب هذا الكتاب وغيره؟! ، ربما يغلب على ظني الآن أن محتوى الكتاب هو الأصل.
الصدمة من الكتاب ليست بسبب معرفة الوجه القبيح لأمريكا، فهذا معلوم بالضرورة، ولكن الصدمة ناتجة عن معرفة آليات تنفيذ خطط الكوربوقراطية الأمريكية لاغتيال الأمم الفقيرة، واثقال عواتق الأجيال القادمة قبل الحالية بالديون صعبة السداد إلا باستنزاف الثروات على المدى البعيد، فالشركات تأتي مع البنك الدولى وتضع الخطط،
Ok, so as I finished reading this book, I can say I successfully landed on 3 main conclusions!

Yet, before I share them, let me brief you on what this book talks about. Interestingly enough and as the title suggests, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a real-life story of a person who played a role in reinforcing and mushrooming the system of marching into a global empire of America. Nonetheless, trapped in consciousness, guilt and willingness to save the next generations-as he puts it-Perkins
كان من المستغرب أن يظل "جون بيركينز" عشرين عاماً كاملة يحاول الشروع في تأليف كتاب يحكي تفاصيل حياته ومهنته، وفي كل مرّة كان يصرفه عن إتمامه الخوف. ليس الخوف من ماضيه وحجم المآسي التي تسبب فيها هو ما كان يزعجه حقيقة؛ بقدر ما كان يزعجه عمليات الترغيب والترهيب التي مارستها ضده هذه الشبكة الأخطبوطية المكونة من أجهزة ومؤسسات كل واحدة فيهم ينتفض المرء في حال معرفته بكونه صار خصماً لواحدة فيها فكيف لو كان خصماً لها مجتمعة.!
كانت الشبكة مكونة من جهاز المخابرات الأمريكي، والبنتاجون، وصندوق النقد الدولي، و
ابن رشد
انتهيت - والحمد لله - من كتاب " الاغتيال الاقتصادي للامم" ل جون بركنز ، وهي سيرة ذاتية لاحد اعضاء الكوربراتية العالمية

ملاحظات عامة:
1- الكتاب سيرة ذاتية تمتد منذ اواخر الستينات وحتي بداية الالفية
2- الكاتب عمل خبيرا اقتصاديا في احد الشركات الامريكية مما سمح له طبقا لخبراته ان يضطلع ويشارك في بناء النظام العالمي الجديد وما يعرف بالكوربراتية الدولية
3- الكتاب ينقسم لثلاث اقسام كبري ، الاول ما شاهده جون بركنز بنفسه وعاصره كاحد الفاعلين في النظام ، الثاني ما عاصره جون بركنز من مسافة ابعد قليلا كاحد اصح
Ordinarily, I would not waste my time reading such claptrap, except that my colleagues are assigning this book to our students and my cousin graciously gave me a copy. As an act of respect to my cousin (and rebuke to my colleagues), I hereby offer my reactions to this grotesque excuse for a “memoir.”

I should acknowledge my own professional background first, so that those inclined to dismiss my criticisms may do so without further regard. In the late 1970s and throughout most of the 1980s, I was
It's an interesting story. He has the perspective of the "insider" in the whole international development industry. Obviously then, his tales of drinking coffee with Torijjos or dealing with Iranian revolutions in the 1970s is fun to read.

Although, he reaches a point by the end of the book where he goes a bit overboard with his guilt. You empathize with him all the way through the book until he just starts spewing nonsense about feeling guilty for Iraq and 9/11. I think it's almost an ironic ro
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John 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 s
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