The Secret History of the American Empire

The Secret History of the American Empire

Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption

Book - 2007
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Presents an exposâe of international corruption activities as reported by some of the world's top assassins, journalists, and activists, in a cautionary report that makes recommendations for safeguarding the world.

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In Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins described his involvement in a shadowy global corporate capitalist world of corruption and covert activity in which "economic hit men" bribed and economically threatened government officials and others in order to pursue the objectives of their corporate masters and the allied US government, while CIA agents and other "jackals" pursued the same agenda with more forceful means, including coups and assassinations, in those cases where the economic hit men failed. In this new work, he adds to those revelations, describing the social and economic impact of his activities in the developing world and incorporating the confessions of other economic hit men and jackals. He also describes activist efforts to expose and fight the activities of his former colleagues and offers some thoughts on how to address the situation. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In the Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world today and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm: It's clear that the world we've created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who's responsible? What good have we done? And at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations? Addressing these questions and more, Perkins reveals the secret history behind the events that have defined our world.
From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a web of corruption and corporate skullduggery. The Secret History of the American Empire concludes with a clear-eyed look toward the future and a compassionate plan to reimagine the world.

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The author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man presents a dramatic exposé of international corruption activities as reported by some of the world's top assassins, journalists, and activists, in a cautionary report that makes recommendations for safeguarding the world. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton, c2007
ISBN: 9780525950158
Branch Call Number: 337.73 Per
Characteristics: xv, 365 p.


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Feb 21, 2017

Excellent book, that 10 years after it's publishing date shows how accurate the author depicts the world.

Jan 10, 2014

Publlishers Weekly commenter says: "Typically, a shadowy figure pulls him aside, insists on anonymity, then reveals all. Critics will rightfully accuse Perkins of dreadful journalism and a taste for conspiracy theories. Yet economists admit that loans and "expert advice" to poor nations are often harmful." It is not so much "conspiracy theories" as the reviewer complains, but that Perkins appears to be double dipping: he makes the big bucks being a stooge and lackey of the super-rich, then wishes to cash in with his writing and books. Perkins was too cowardly to even name the "economic hitman company" he worked at [Cabot Corporation, and Booz Allen, and probably other companies, were doing the same], and his late comer's status is highly suspicious. From the time that John J. McCloy was head of the World Bank, in the early 1950s, and denied loans to Guatemala becase they were restructuring their country's land reform, making it more equitable for the farmers and farm workers, which was anathema to the bankster-gangster class, this predatory rapacious capitalistic criminal behavior has been going on, but occasionally, as with the S&L theft/meltdown, over 900 banksters were convicted and sent to jail, but this time no bankster-gangster has been sent to jail and the S&L was so miniscule in comparison to the trillions stolen this time!

Oct 05, 2008

how the bad guys win

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