Publisher's Summary

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.
©2004 John Perkins (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 12-03-2018

A 4-hour book with an 8 hour afterword

What disappointed you about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

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.

Has The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man put you off other books in this genre?

Just by this author

Have you listened to any of Tom Taylorson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard his other performances but generally enjoyed the narration

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

Any additional comments?

I'd rather have paid for just the first publication of this book and gotten 8 hours of my life back.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jacob Tannenbaum on 14-06-2017

starts out strong

I assume the beginning was the original edition, but the tedious and highly repetitive chapters that follow contain scant data and are nothing that cannot be gleaned by an understanding of 21st century America. get the original edition.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bill Redfield on 24-02-2016

Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

A lot of repeat information for about the first half with some, not much more detail or clarity of the first book. So I wouldn't waste the money buying the first rendering. The remaining 15 or so chapters are packed full of new and some repeat information for clarity purposes because there is a lot going on.
Now about the content, it had and has me pissed off knowing all the misinformation that has been pushed to the general public while the greedy bastards are still continuing to conquer, destroy, kill, manipulate, ..... and no one is held accountable. The outsiders pay dearly on a continuous basis without the slightest smidgen of guilt or compassion. Pure evil is the best way to describe it.

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47 of 51 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Nick Kean on 13-04-2017

Good start, pathetic last half

After enjoying the first half of the book I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest. If I wanted to hear about shamanic healing and tree hugging I'd have bought a different book. The author thinks he's James Bond but comes across as more of a Walter Mitty.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 02-08-2016

More of the same

What did you like most about The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?

If, like I did, you expected this book to be a sequel to the first gripping tale, you will be, as I was, somewhat disappointed. It is for the most-part,the retelling of the same story, albeit with a few extra bits added. The last section of the book does indeed add fresh information which is interesting. It just felt like so much of the book was superfluous, if you had already read the original.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Angry, as I was the first time I read the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me angry, and wanting to change the system.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MR M J WATSON on 20-09-2016


This book shines a light on the dark dealings of the corporatocracy over the past 4 decades.... absolutely riveting!

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