The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters.
The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled.
In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it.
Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.
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A 4-hour book with an 8 hour afterword
The first 4 hours is a solid 4-star story with interesting stories of shadow organisations and unethical businesses only slightly derailed by the author's cocky tone and unbacked claims.
The following 8 hours is a longwinded self-flagelating reflection on whether or not the author should write the book (spoiler alert: he does) that brings very little new to the table in terms of shadowy conspiracies and focuses on how the author felt about his actions - with multiple interviews with other figures who only ever seem to spout long rambling monologues mirroring the author's own thoughts.
Just by this author
I haven't heard his other performances but generally enjoyed the narration
The first 4 hours was genuinely entertaining, if I'd known it didn't get back to that stuff I would have stopped reading there and been happy.
I'd rather have paid for just the first publication of this book and gotten 8 hours of my life back.
starts out strong
- Jacob Tannenbaum