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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
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Jan 03, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: boston, politics, history, financial-business, social-issues
Read in February, 2008

It seems our goal in international relations in the last 50+ years is very similar to the goal of credit companies and lately housing trends. Lock people into debts they cannot repay and to hell with the consequences. Perkind describes history and personal experiences in countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, and Guatemala.

He traces the State's journey from Republic fighting an Empire to an Empire unto itself. He discusses the attack order of the economic hitman, the jackal (assassin), and then war. There are awful ironies such as us repeatedly overthrowing a brave leader trying to help his people like Arbenz in Guatemala and sometimes killing them such as Torrijos in Panama. The hypocrisy is rife when George H. Bush accuses Iraq of an illegal invasion of Kuwait when not even a year earlier he had invaded Panama killing many innocents and turning Noriega into the only POW in the US in 1989. Perkins goes to far as to question if the pursuit of money and contracts was more important to this administration than actually fighting terrorism.

All along, Perkins shows you his own transformation as he comes to grips with and sees the consequences of his work. This book is an attempt to share and inform and to come clean.
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