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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Perkins Narrator: David Ackroyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307702838
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John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.

Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy—those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe—and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is not a "return to normal."

But there is a way out. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners (and the lobbyists they have in their pockets), but in the interests of their employees, their customers, the environment, and society at large.

We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children. Each one of us makes these choices every day, in ways that are clearly spelled out in this book.

"We hold the power," he says, "if only we recognize it." Hoodwinked is a powerful polemic that shows not only how we arrived at this precarious point in our history but also what we must do to stop the global tailspin.


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Quotes & Awards

  • John Perkins has been in and out of the world of high finance and low ethics, and in Hoodwinked he not only illuminates that world with dramatic stories and keen insights, but suggests what we might do to create a better society."
  • —Howard Zinn, bestselling author of A People's History of the United States
  • Another thriller from the master storyteller with an insider view. Perkins takes us once again into the dark netherworld of corrupt bankers and economic hit men who lure the unsuspecting into financial ruin and reveals the connection between the folks who for decades enriched themselves at the expense of the world's poor and those who now reap billions at the expense of America. Same people, same scams."
  • —David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning, and board chair of YES! magazine
  • John Perkins' engaging narrative draws us into a brilliant analysis of capitalism's shadow side, and points us to a hopeful path to a better future. Hoodwinked is a must-read for anyone who cares about our economic welfare, social justice, and our collective well-being."

  • —DANIEL GOLEMAN, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Ecological Intelligence 
  • Acclaim for Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • Here are the real-life details—nasty, manipulative, plain evil—of international corporate skullduggery spun into a tale rivaling the darkest espionage thriller. Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
  • [A] gripping tell-all book. Rocky Mountain News
  • Astonishing. Boston Herald
  • A bombshell. One of those rare instances in which someone deeply entrenched in our governmental/corporate imperialist structure has come forward to reveal in unequivocal terms its inner workings. A work of great insight and moral courage."
  • —John E. Mack, Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
  • Stunning and groundbreaking. . . . A must-read for anyone who cares about the world."
  • —Lynne Twist, global activist and author of the bestselling The Soul of Money
  • With unflinching honesty, Perkins narrates his moral awakening and struggle to break free from the corrupt system of global domination he himself helped to create. This book . . . comes from the heart. I highly recommend it."
  • —Michael Brownstein, author of World on Fire

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 2/8/2014

    " Good follow up to Confessions of an Economic HitMan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ob-jonny | 2/3/2014

    " Written by the Economic Hit Man guy. He explains how the free-market, neoconservative agenda allowed the deregulation which made a financial crisis almost guaranteed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisha | 1/28/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this semi-follow on to the first book written by John Perkins. I don't work in economics, so much of this is new information to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benj FitzPatrick | 1/25/2014

    " The format and tone carry over from the first book, which made transitioning into the conceptual framework simple. His premise that the US and other 1st world countries exhibit the same traits as 3rd world countries is interesting and reasonably well supported (by his arguments/examples). As before, there are not enough examples, and the ones provided do not go in depth. Moreover, in this book he teases the reader with even fewer details in his examples. I am not so sure that I buy China as being a model every country should mimic when trying to achieve prosperity (he neglects the gender gap, the shoddy construction that is coming back to haunt them, and the repercussions of the single-child policy). His solutions to the financial problems in the US simple, but he repeated them ad nauseam. They could have been distilled down to half the current size. Even given the above, I think this book is worth the read. It is frustrating in the lack of detail, but parallels he draws and his solutions are useful (if only to realize they should be common sense). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Carol Mark | 1/24/2014

    " Not as good as Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, but well-done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradhusser | 1/1/2014

    " Good book especially if you are into Perkins views on diplomacy and foreign relations. This and his book an Economic Hit Man have opened my eyes to so very interesting ideas. I will definitely be a more contentious consumer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee Webb | 12/25/2013

    " This would be a book loved by most occupiers. Feel good economics are not based in reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priyank Bhatia | 12/25/2013

    " Extremely amazed to see what actually happened during the crisis!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nirmal S | 12/12/2013

    " Simply hoodwinked by the book! Next stop - Confessions of an Economic Hit Man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Flanagan | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent read really enjoyed the book interesting character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/19/2013

    " I am intrigued by the idea of calculating a triple bottom line. And I liked his point that when we buy cheap items, we are pushing the cost onto someone else. I'm a bit concerned about the new age-edness, but I have to applaud what ever steps led to his complete change of morality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hulya | 10/8/2013

    " A must-read book in order to see behind of the happenings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hitbybus | 7/8/2013

    " An excellent book for anyone who cares how and why the economy is in the shitter. Also, gives some advice as to how we can turn things around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette Murray | 1/22/2013

    " Audio version- good indictment of wall street and other criminals "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/19/2012

    " I liked it, but it wasn't nearly as informative as his first book "

  • 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. "

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About the Author

John Perkins was formerly chief economist at a major international consulting firm where he advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, US Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since then, his books on economics and geopolitics have been New York Times bestsellers and sold more than one million copies. He has lectured at more than fifty universities around the world. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, New York Times, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and others, as well as in numerous documentaries. He is a founder and board member of nonprofits devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit.

About the Narrator

David Ackroyd is an American actor who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World. He was born in Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark.