Friday, February 25, 2011
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
This was a review from Amazon.com:
"Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. He personally befriended two Central American presidents--who warned him about threats against their lives--and both men died when their planes exploded in mid-air. In 1970, Perkins went to Indonesia where he was told that "we know you don't care about Vietnam; it's the Middle East oil resources your country REALLY wants."
"When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens."
You can listen to the interview and make your own decision about John's book at
And yes: I read this book. I am glad to say that John Perkins has totally changed his life and dedicated it to restoring environmental damage caused by companies like the one he worked for, and also writes about methods of regaining one's personal power and awareness connections to our individual Higher Consciousness.