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A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption

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John Perkins's sensational New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (more than 300,000 sold) revealed just the tip of the iceberg of the secret world of economic hit men and the web of global corruption. Now more economic hit men and investigators tell the whole shocking story. ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 11th 2007 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published 2007)
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Beyza Yavuzcan
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benim derdim John Perkins'leymiş. İlk ikisinden çok daha iyi bana kalırsa. ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book is everything that it claims to be on the book jacket. It "uncovers the inner workings of the institutions behind these economic manipulations". In particular, it looks at some of the incredibly global institutions that are name dropped in a lot of contexts: World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization. There are several stories here about loans that were given to countries which were supposed to build schools or upgrade the city hall building of a bustling

Justin Tapp

This book is a compilation of essays written by former international bankers, development economists, foreign aid workers, and others. It's about offshore banking, bad loan schemes, "debt relief," tax evasion, incompetent World Bank projects. It's about the people who profit from these things, and the developing countries who get hosed by them.

I thought about writing a post entitled "Who was raped in order to make your cellphone?" One chapter explains the war in the Congo and the quest for an el
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Better than the memoir that "inspired" it, this is a set of essays about globalization, off-shore finance, and corporate greed destroying most of the developing world and a sizable chunk of the developed one. None of them are particularly great, and I don't know that I learned anything extraordinary, though I did get a handful of sources to back up things I pretty much already knew, in spirit if not in particular.

Similar to Naomi Klein's "No Logo" from a few years back, the book ends its catalog
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
An amazing collected work that brings together such different experiences and viewpoints yet also ties them all together into a single shocking, even piercing, description of economic abuses. It was difficult to focus on certain chapters, because they are admittedly over my head, but the beautiful thing about the book is it was edited to be read in whatever order or even picked through by the reader to find what is of interest at the time. It further has an extensive collection of notes and appe ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Очень "неровные" главы от познавательных до сокращённо популистских. ...more
Marcus Laws
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was really enjoying this book until it was stolen out of my car.
Jun 09, 2008 added it
Capitalist extraction and control of global resources is actually a foreign policy philosophy, known as "corporatocracy". This book sprang out of John Perkins' _Confessions of an Economic Hitman". ...more
Kalle Wescott
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The John Perkins books are better, but after reading all his books this is a nice addition to knowledge and perspective.
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: changed-my-life
One of the most important books anyone can read.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Informative and mostly engaging collection of essays on the neocolonialist failings of the BWIs and global corruption and kleptocracy more generally. Although the essays varied in quality, there were standout chapters on debt, offshore banking/tax havens and critiques of BWIs
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow,quite an eye-opener. I had some knowledge about a few of the tops covered in this book, but I'm still shocked by a lot of others. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
besides the other first and second book, this book does not contain perkin's writings , just he wrote introduction. The book contains articles about being an economic killers which been written by other economic killers ...more
Nov 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested how globalization does to countries of the Global South
Recommended to Abby by: ed
My dad lent me this book to read the section about the Philippines, but I ended up reading the whole thing. The book is a sequel to John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" (which I also read). It's a series of essays from several ex-"economic hitmen" and people involved with global politics and finance. Little does anyone know how deeply entrenched multinational corporations are in the manipulation of politics in countries of the Global South. "Saving" the Third World cannot be done si ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it liked it
pp to copy: TOC, 1, 2, 4

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Introduction: Confessions and Revelations from the world of economic Hit men
Ch 1 Global Empire: The web of control by John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

ch 2 Selling Money--and Dependency:Setting the Debt trap
ch 3 Dirty MoneyInside the sectrt world of offshore banking
ch 4 BCCI's Double Game: banking on America
ch 5 the human cost of cheap cell phones
ch 6 Mercenaries on the Fron LInes in the New Scramble for Africa
ch 7 Hijacking Iraq's Oil Res
Hendri sabeth
Jul 06, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: siapaun terutama para pejabat,calon pejabat,mahasiswa,masyrakat dlll
ecomomic hit men merpakan salh satu buku yang cukup mencengangkan saya ketika membacanya,ternyata buku ini menguak tentang konspirasi amerika terhadap negara-negara berkembang salah satunya indonesia.....,dimana denagn kekuasaan ekonomi,politik,mapia dlll telah memberangus negar-negara berkembang untuk di jadikan sapi perah bagi amerika...
Joy Gucci
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not for those who can't take a hard hit from reality. ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
As much as I like critiques of trans-national capitalism. This book is poorly organized, does not have a core message, sometimes self contradictory, occasionally unduly militant.
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A good but slightly repetitive collection of essays explaining how screwed the world is, who's screwing it and how ...more
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