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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,041 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Perkins Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781429586832
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In his stunning memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins detailed his former role as an “economic hit man” in the international corporate skullduggery of a de facto American Empire. Now Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world, drawing on interviews to examine the current geopolitical crisis, and providing a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.

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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fox Lui | 1/24/2014

    " It is not as good as Mr. Perkins' debut work many chapters in this books are repetitvie, from the confession of an economic hit man. ... in the last few chapters, it merely looks like an expression of personal views "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Socaldave | 1/17/2014

    " If you think you know what has happened in the world and what America's role was, think again. This is a book from one of the economic hit men that did the work that shaped our world today. As an American, it is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/28/2013

    " I could do without the author's personal narrative of the women he thought he would fall in love with, but I really enjoyed reading about the histories of different countries, even long before U.S. intervention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn W. | 12/9/2013

    " This book connects the dots over what's been going on in the third world with multi-national corporations over the last decades. It describes in detail how unscrupulous international businesses operate in these countries, to the detriment of the people. It also outlines how these same corporations have become influential in the US government and how they affect policy making to their advantage. The author knows what he is talking about, because he worked for such a company and writes from personal experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasembadan | 11/28/2013

    " buku yang memperjelas peran bandit ekonomi.. menggigit dan membuat geram "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adrienne | 11/25/2013

    " Wk of 11 May: Currently about halfway through, may not finish. Is organized by part of the world and so I have been skipping around. An easy quick read with good information/perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 10/27/2013

    " Not the best writer, but he offers a new way of thinking (which I don't see in very many books today). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allan | 9/18/2013

    " Exciting at times, but mostly a thinly veiled left wing ( and even midly ant-semitic) view of the world. I don't recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Vice | 6/16/2013

    " Oddly enough reminded me of a hardboiled action novel. This man could have had a very promising writing career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis | 6/13/2013

    " Even if you were to ignore the last third of the book, which addresses what we can do to help bring true democracy to the billions impoverished in the world, the first two thirds of the book are amazing for the stories of assassination, deceit, and empire building. A pretty solid read. "

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

    " Mainly informative... there were no fantastic insights. The abstract style threw me a bit, too. Nonetheless, a radical, ballsy book that I recommend reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 4/19/2013

    " opened my eyes to the horrible things america has done to gain the power it has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/10/2013

    " Wow, every American should read this book and be ashamed on how their standard of living is built on the misery of the Third World. Now, can anyone direct my to a detailed biography covering the life of George Rich, who apparently was the Kermit Roosevely of the Middle East? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Thonnings | 5/28/2012

    " Whoa. So far, so good. Kind of scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 msondo | 5/11/2012

    " The Secret History proved to be both entertaining and an easy read. The content here is cursory but since much of it is based on first-hand knowledge it makes a greater impact than most books on the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/1/2012

    " John Perkins is not a particularly talented writer, but he more than makes up for it with his insightful observations about the real world that exists behind the screen of corporate propaganda, and his wise advice about what readers can do about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissy | 2/20/2012

    " Another informative and infuriating book by Perkins. I thought it was better than "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eyun | 12/17/2011

    " A great follow up to Confessions of An Economic Hitman. This book takes the topic of Economic Imperialism and goes deeper. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was that it provides some answers to the question "What can I do about this?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liddy Knight | 8/30/2011

    " not quite as good as the original but still worth a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickett | 4/28/2011

    " I thought Perkins described the areas of the world i had been to very well. He is a bit biased, but an intersting perspective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deska | 3/15/2011

    " Another breathtaking reading.. Insight information from a former Economic Hit-Man.. it started in Indonesia.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis | 1/10/2011

    " Even if you were to ignore the last third of the book, which addresses what we can do to help bring true democracy to the billions impoverished in the world, the first two thirds of the book are amazing for the stories of assassination, deceit, and empire building. A pretty solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/15/2010

    " Oddly enough reminded me of a hardboiled action novel. This man could have had a very promising writing career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 9/23/2010

    " John Perkins gives you detailed info about covert CIA and NGO operations to destabalize and deflate foreign nations currency, and overtake their monetary system through excessive loans and unpayable debts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 9/6/2010

    " A must read for all Americans. I have read other books that support his experiences. WARNING: This book will permanently change your perception of the new and world events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avi | 7/12/2010

    " at times, interesting-but mostly not. a 4 out of 10 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald | 3/22/2010

    " Perkins tells all, or nearly all, and yet is still around to pick up his royalties. With all these revelatory books on the market, where are the indictments?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickett | 3/10/2010

    " I thought Perkins described the areas of the world i had been to very well. He is a bit biased, but an intersting perspective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TJ | 3/1/2010

    " I feel like Morpheus just showed me the real world...A must read book for any who hold to the glory of Rome...er...I mean America.

    I will say that with all the eye-opening shameful material, Perkins did spend the last 20% of the book offering suggestions for hope and change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 2/9/2010

    " Not the best writer, but he offers a new way of thinking (which I don't see in very many books today). "

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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

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.