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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages.
New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Athan Tolis
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
My friend Stan is approaching his 50th and in his old age is becoming a bit of a conspiracy theorist. He emailed me a list of books to read, most of which are not easy to find, but Confessions was on it, so I ordered the new, expanded book to see what the fuss is all about.

For starters, the “15 explosive new Chapters with new Revelations” are a waste of time. Whereas in the original you find yourself riding with John Perkins in Ecuador, Panama, Iran, Boston, Jakarta and Washington, in the second
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Bookshark
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm fairly sympathetic to the author's apparent political persuasions, and I'm sure at least some of this book is true, but it comes across as exaggerated and even paranoid. For instance, it was clear to me that what he portrays as a conspiratorial industry payoff (the cushy consulting job offer supposedly in exchange for his silence) is just him being paranoid about his employer wanting to protect the company's reputation. Is attempting to pre-empt whisteblowing with non-disclosure agreements y ...more
Mal Warwick
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
No one but the most hard-bitten defender of U.S. foreign policy would deny that the United States dominates a global empire bigger than any other in human history and that we have employed highly questionable and often illegal means to build it. In The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, author John Perkins explains some of the tactics at the root of America’s empire-building project. His book is based on decades of personal experience. Perkins analyzes those tactics — in a word, the insidio ...more
Charlene
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Far too sensational and the author blames his parents for everything. He whines * a lot*. Overall, the book had some interesting parts but it was just far too annoying to be enjoyable. I think this book would appeal to people who prefer fiction over non-fiction.
Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف
The Hitmen and the Jackals

This is a mixed bag for sure. I came close to giving it a three star, but pulled back after reading the documentation record at the back. I'm glad I stay by my own motto when it comes to reading: there's always something to be learned.

The positives and negatives are pretty polarising here, however, the former of the two stand out a mile ahead than the later. At least in my view.

Perkins was an insider, you really can't get closer than that when it comes to reading
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Steve
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunning book. If one of your questions to the world is 'what is wrong with you?', this book is the answer. I'm sure other reviews will give you some spoilers, but this is a fantastic update from his original blockbuster that gave the inside scoop on globalism. There is something great about the ability to 'fast forward' from a decade ago and see how Perkins has matured, what he has done since then, and his recommendations going forward, since back then there didn't seem to be too much one could ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
You know corporation and US agencies are into dirty stuff. Everybody knows that. It isn't reported nearly enough but people do have an inkling of some of the dirty tricks by corporations and the US government. The author was one of those malefactors and describes in detail how these people criminally destroy economies and kill anyone who won't play ball. It is something we know goes on in the back of our minds but would rather not think about. Well, this book makes you think about it. I recommen ...more
Feyzan - The Raven Boy
Make America great again? Well, this book is a written prove that America was never great. It tells the tale of how America spread capitalism and her self serving ideologies by sword in the rest of the world, and how capitalism has become the bigger evil than America that will stop at nothing until it has swallowed everything in its way.

For most of history America believed that it was controlling the world without realizing that by forcing her supremacy she was too getting entangled in the web o
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Wesley
I don't typically rate books, but this book does a phenomenal job at explaining the current state of the world. It connects the dots that some have tried to do, but lack the insight and first hand experience of Perkins.

Not an author/journalist by trade, there a couple "that could have been stately much better" moments.
Elena
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
The "confession" does not sound to me as a sincere one. The arguments are vague and weak. Abandoning the book on 15%.
Kacper
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
the author suggests we all chip in to save the environment. okay, dude, good thinking, I wish I thought of it.
Debbie
Wow!!!!! It is difficult to condense this book into a precise review. I will say that as funny as it sounds, this book was a life changer for me.

The first two thirds of Perkins writing are detailed accounts of his life and career as an Economic Hit Man. I found a strong connect to Perkins for a couple of reasons. #1 While I was a young teen attending Jr. High School in the Panama Canal Zone, Perkins was working to persuade General Omar Torrijos of Panama to align himself with the U.S. When Torri
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Reisa
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
read the translated version of The Confession of an Economic Hit Man in college and, with my practically zero knowledge of economy and politics at the time, failed to understand nearly half of it. Decided to try again now, in its original language in hope to understand it better, and found this newer, revised edition.

This book exhausted me, both physically and mentally. it's only half-biography so i guess it's excused from its far too detailed recollections like the color of one's suit in an enc
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Bennett Reiss
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I personally found this book riveting from start to finish. John Perkin's is an incredible writer who has some amazing experiences. I would highly recommend anyone struggling with the accepting the way the modern world and institutions function to give this book a read. Keep an open mind and realize Perkin's is speaking / writing to you from the heart.
Sivasothi N.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Perkins shares his experiences as a series of short and readable chapters, without suffocating you in the complexity of the economics. The referencing allows you to catch up. So it's manageable and engaging – I finished the 47 chapters in a day and loved the sweep suggestions at the end; it makes it just a little less depressing.

If you lived through the 80's to the present, and are politically aware, you will read this with both indignation or resignation as it all makes sense. It explains
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Makki
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. Not only does it explain the U.S’s tactics to control sovereign states, but it also exposes readers to so much happening in the world from an entirely different perspective.
Daniel
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are two parts to this book. The first part detailed the author's past life as an Economic Hit Man. He used to make exaggerated economic forecasts that justified loans from rich countries to poor countries. The poor countries will then pay companies from the rich counties to build projects. So the money boomeranged back, but the poor country was left to pay the debt. Eventually the poor countries end up as debt slaves to the rich ones, albeit with some electrify, new roads and airport. He a ...more
Alex
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an eye-opening account of how massive international organizations (USAID, World Bank, IMF, corporations) rig the aid system to benefit themselves and a few leaders in deveoping countries, while screwing over the rest of the population with debt that can't be paid back and "development" projects that rob them of land and resources. Hence the term "economic hitman." Despite the heavy topic, the book is written in a captivating style that makes it hard to put down. Perkins is a Returned Pea ...more
Giulia Cavallari
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The middle section, between the end of the 'old' book (Confessions of an economic hit man - which I liked as a newbie to non-fiction), and the bibliography, is nearly umberable. The author rambles about we must do good, and here is how I redeemed myself from my EHM career and washed my sins away - through a "dreams come true" foundation, promoting a "love is all you need" lifestyle. Please rich white man, you don't want to fool poors and disadvantaged twice, do you?

What I enjoyed about this boo
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McGrouchpants, Ltd.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great! Fills in a lot of "blank spots on the map"; otherwise, we'd be groping blind, stuck in guesswork, as to what's been happening for the past half-century. Period. IMHO.
Douglas Grant
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every American citizen should read this book. Some people find it too far fetched; I'm not one of them.
Ana Maria Gach
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every single human should read this book, but beware, it will completely alter how you see the world after.
K.A. Ashcomb
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you like, or you don't; think is full of conspiracy theories and farfetched accounts, or you believe it. In one word, it will arouse feelings of anger towards the subject or the author. It is a personal account, working as an overseas energy consultant for Main from the sixties onward until Perkins couldn't do what he did any longer and quit as he himself put just when the time was right. 

John Perkins is not an easily likable guy. While his consciousness is killing him
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Kes
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wondered if this was fiction or non-fiction at some points, but I have to admire the author's ability to write.

Basically, the author was an economist. He would fly into a developing country, convince them to take out loans in order to develop their infrastructure, and the debt from those loans would keep them beholden to the private company / the world bank / the American government. He would overinflate his figures to encourage the developing company to overextend themselves into debt. The Am
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Nathan Casebolt
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The post-WWII Pax Americana has been an unprecedented era of power and prosperity for the United States of America. Flareups such as Latin American coups and assassinations, the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Gulf Wars, 9/11, and even the 2008 global recession have never seriously threatened American dominance. In this new edition of John Perkins's book, he recounts his underground role in constructing and defending this new economic order, a global commercial empire built on debt and blood, ex ...more
Moses Hetfield
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit too conspiratorial and melodramatic for my taste, in a way that often made John Perkins seem less credible, but many of its broader themes ring true. In this memoir of sorts, Perkins claims to have been hired by an NSA contractor to be an "economic hitman" in charge of ensnaring developing nations in debt for the benefit of multinational corporations. He views the IMF and World Bank as evil institutions designed by corporations to plunder poor countries by any means necessary ...more
Nina
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a fascinating look into the role that US economic actors play in politics around the world. Told from the perspective of someone who was heavily involved in scheming against and preying on developing countries, I learned a lot of history that is not commonly talked about. While infuriating, the descriptions of the United States' conduct did not surprise my "always questioning the system" brain.

I feel smarter and better informed after reading this book, but at the same time I despis
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Omama.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has described the four pillars of modern empire: fear, debt, insufficiency, divide-and-conquer mindset. The idea that anything and everything is justified; coups and assassinations, drone strikes, CIA eavesdropping, toppling over world economies; and most specifically US invading anywhere with even a barrel of oil.
Personally, I felt like this book was a bit of an ego trip for John Perkins. He's admitted himself, his actions brought misery to millions of people around the world, yet he'
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Bill Beck
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting stories with clear political implications. However, this is from a single righteous viewpoint. Not considered are the responsibilities of national security, the decision analyses when rolled up with other national priorities, the impact of other non-geopolitical national/global crises, etc. To this point, Einar Greve, the guy that hired him to Main says "...basically his story is true... What John's book says is, there was a conspiracy to put all these countries on the hook, and that ...more
Tõnu Vahtra
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more unexpected findings from this book but it was mostly about common knowledge (Panama Papers or No Place to Hide for example were much more engaging books). There was some new information about the backstories of developing countries/regions (Ecuador, Panama, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq). The role of economic forecasts projecting major sustainable growth after massive infrastructure development. Those activities are financed by IMF/other international institutions and the m ...more
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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.

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