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The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World
     

The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World

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by John Perkins
 

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From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" comes an expos of international corruption. Perkins suggests how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.

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From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" comes an expos of international corruption. Perkins suggests how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.

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“A sweeping, bold assault on the tyranny of corporate globalization, full of drama and adventure, with devastating stories of greed run wild. But Perkins is undaunted, and offers imaginative ideas for a different world.—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

“John Perkins' new book is both an eye-opening expose of global corruption and a fascinating story of adventure and intrigue. This devastating indictment of current economic policies also offers hope by showing the power of the growing movement toward a caring economics worldwide.”—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations
 
“Having made a splash with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Perkins offers similarly entertaining but disturbing accounts of the American government wreaking havoc around the world in support of American business. In Perkins's view, American presidents willingly comply with their CEO masters, distributing foreign aid to corrupt Third World leaders who keep a share and return the rest to U.S. business for major projects, leaving their nations poor and massively in debt, and requiring more loans and slavish obedience to U.S. policy. If any leader objects, the CIA destabilizes his government, by assassination if necessary.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101213735
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
347,850
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Perkins is the bestselling author of the classic exposé Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He is the founder and president of the Dream Change Coalition, which works closely with Amazonian and other indigenous people to help preserve their environments and cultures. From 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas.T. Main, where he became chief economist and director of economics and regional planning. Perkins has lectured and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents and is a regular lecturer for the Omega Center.


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The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Misty7Skye More than 1 year ago
I have always been curious about why things "happen" or "work" the way they do, against the working class, against the poor, no good health plan for the citizens of the United States et al! John Perkins blows the whistle on the behind the scenes actions taken by the U.S. Govertment, the collusion between the World Bank, the IMF and the Corporations, institutions the U.S. Govt works with behind the scenes--the corporation names used for the U.S. Govt to launder "drug money from Columbia, the Corporations that train the Economic Hit Man types---the third world countries that have lost their democratically elected presidents because of U.S. Jackals ordered to take them "out" due to their lack of cooporation with the U.S. Govt! Any questions you might have could all be answered by reading this Volume by John Perkins. I give it the highest rating as I believe he has risked his life to inform the public on the matters he discusses in this book, along with the others he has written! This information should not be ignored--we all need to know what he discusses has happened and is happening now within our Government and in collusion with Corporations that are in the top 1%, while most of the rest of us are just trying to maintain a "survival" existence!
CarlRising-Moore More than 1 year ago
John Perkins wrote Confessions of an Economic Hit Man several years ago then followed that up with "The Secret History of the American Empire. Perkins is an insider that took part in some of the most manipulative and evil events of the 20th and 21st century. When the public believe that our tax dollars were spent to help the developing world, Perkins debunks that understanding by telling the story of how he and others in corporate America undermined democracy by bribing or killing heads of state that would not play along with the corporations that cared nothing about the worlds poor and environmental destruction, but rather manipulated countries into financial disaster so the USA would be able to create a global empire that benefited only the very few extremely rich Americans. Perkins books along with Chalmers Johnsons latest three books are important reading for those that want to know the truth about the dark side of corporate America and what we can do about reforming America in a 2nd US Revolution of a Dr. MLK nonviolent approach. These books represent the most inspiring and hopeful comments of our time. Perkins does not believe that corporations have a choice to help solve the worlds problems or continue on their destructive path. It is more about the culture of corporations that must be reformed to create this sustainable future. Those few that that make the big bucks and pull the strings of government and the media will not like this book. Those insider technocrats that agree with Perkins will love this book and we can expect more whistle blowing as a result.
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This book sheds light on how truly corrupt our government and corporations are.
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This is a true account of how our goverment takes adavantage of under developed countries in their early developing stages to gain economic advantages and future political obligations. We provide electricity, water and infrastructure, to poor oil rich countries.This allows us to gain access to future control of their economies,values,assets and political obligations.We destroy the old cultures and traditions in the name of US democracy. The World Bank 'actually US corporation owned' loans the poor countries money, charging large amounts of interest payments they can not every repay. This is when we 'USA' takes over the country from politically to militarliy. John Perkins leaned his trade from the little know supper secret intellegence agency, NSA. The National Security Agency controls the intel on all under developed and weak countries ready to be 'helped' by the World Bank. 'controlled by the NSA and selected member US corporations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read it and start to live your life to make it easier for others to live thiers.