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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,937 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Perkins Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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This is the inside story of how America turned from a respected republic into a feared empire.

Economic hit men, John Perkins writes, 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.

John Perkins should know; he was an economic hit man. His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the U.S., from Indonesia to Panama, to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and other United States engineering and construction companies. Saddled with huge debts, these countries came under the control of the United States government, World Bank, and other U.S.-dominated aid agencies that acted like loan sharks, dictating repayment terms and bullying foreign governments into submission.

This extraordinary real-life tale exposes international intrigue, corruption, and little-known government and corporate activities that have dire consequences for American democracy and the world. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurenmariotti | 2/19/2014

    " Watch Zeitgeist John Perkins makes several appearances "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 2/3/2014

    " i have never read about the american imperalism in this articulated a way. the style and the info encouraged me to to read it in less than a week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenecia | 1/24/2014

    " Easy listening (audiobook). "Reading" while I work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2014

    " The author says he is doing this to tell the world his story to prevent things from happening again, but I honestly found it a bit self serving, so not sure of the motivation behind it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 12/20/2013

    " True story. Fast read. Those of us who naively wonder why foreign countries hate the U.S. will be offered plenty of reason. Recommended by an econ teacher who said the material in the book made his jaw drop; he even did further research because some of the information covered was so unbelievable--and from what he was able to ascertain, it all looked to be true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 12/12/2013

    " very enlightening re: u.s. foreign policy. interesting, true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason W. | 12/3/2013

    " I find the author's tone of American guilt and blame America first a bit frustrating. Despite that, the facts and events of his life make this book a fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sher Afghan | 11/25/2013

    " I think this book is the must read for someone who is trying to understand the intricacies of the system that we are living in. Perkins, though the promulgator of the system, has brought to light the American greed to rule the world with new concept of corporatocracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/18/2013

    " This book had me wondering how the author got away with speaking his mind. It was as if he told me many deep dark secrets of our government that made my stomach twist. I need to reread this again one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 9/17/2013

    " Liked it better than most reviewers. Worth exploring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarred Lawrence | 1/18/2013

    " This book provides amazing insight into the behind the scenes "diplomacy" and "development" americas corporatocracy advocates in the third world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Underdahl | 11/28/2012

    " Very eye-opening. This is a must-read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 11/6/2012

    " feb 2006 book club pick "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 9/13/2012

    " This book is thought-provoking. The author whines on about his real-life plight, and instead of changing it, he continues to take large sums of money to continue his work, even today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/21/2012

    " this should be required reading for every American. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeineb Khelifi | 11/2/2011

    " this book is worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fauzan | 10/23/2011

    " He tell the truth. Truly truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al Boudreau | 8/21/2011

    " A must read..it will make you sit up and pay more attention to what is going on around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/20/2011

    " Can be a bit heavy sometimes, but the context provided is integral to aid the understanding of the situation. Weaves a compelling narrative with modern day history and enriches the reader's comprehension of the multiple constantly moving forces that work behind the scenes of our everyday lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madina | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting read. Perkins talks about the hush hush life he led, that is shown in the movies as fiction. It was refreshing to read about his work but I felt like it lacked detail about his work. I would have loved to read more about the plots and schemes in more detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 4/29/2011

    " Great, eye-opening and a fast read so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/27/2011

    " This personal story of the corruption of government and big business rings true (unfortunately). Fast-paced, parts of the book read like a spy novel, such as when he was inducted into the profession by a seductress (this part was a bit hard to believe). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 4/26/2011

    " A must read..it will make you sit up and pay more attention to what is going on around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 4/13/2011

    " Very eye-opening. This is a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buthna | 4/10/2011

    " blew my naive american mind. "

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About the Author

John Perkins was formerly chief economist and consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, IMF, US Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since then, his New York Times bestselling books on economics and geopolitics have sold more than one million copies.

About the Narrator

Brian Emerson is an actor and technical director with a long career in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas.