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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Written by: John Perkins
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters.

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "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". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled.

In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it.

Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.

©2004 John Perkins (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Must read

Opens eyes, surfaces truth, points reality, educates minds all in one book. It will change your projection and perception of globalization.

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Excellent Explanation of Economic Injustices

Loved the book! This is must for everyone to read/ Listen. The author paints an accurate depiction of the gross operations of the economic systems involved in cultivating developing nations. Offers sound advice for the world's future direction in realizing a more humane approach to world economies.

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Different view on the world

Discover a world that is not accessible to the common individual. It is a clear explanation of the world economy at a macro level.

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  • Bill Redfield
  • Paducah, Kentucky
  • 2016-02-24

Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

A lot of repeat information for about the first half with some, not much more detail or clarity of the first book. So I wouldn't waste the money buying the first rendering. The remaining 15 or so chapters are packed full of new and some repeat information for clarity purposes because there is a lot going on.
Now about the content, it had and has me pissed off knowing all the misinformation that has been pushed to the general public while the greedy bastards are still continuing to conquer, destroy, kill, manipulate, ..... and no one is held accountable. The outsiders pay dearly on a continuous basis without the slightest smidgen of guilt or compassion. Pure evil is the best way to describe it.

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  • Nick Kean
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2017-04-13

Good start, pathetic last half

After enjoying the first half of the book I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest. If I wanted to hear about shamanic healing and tree hugging I'd have bought a different book. The author thinks he's James Bond but comes across as more of a Walter Mitty.

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  • Jdwilson112
  • 2017-04-02

Difficult to decipher fact from fiction

I purchased this book thinking I would learn some useful information about global economics, but instead what I got was a hard to believe story littered with left wing propaganda.

I'm sure there is truth to some of the stories outlined in this book but it difficult to decipher the truth from the padded stories that lack any real facts or research. The author tells his story with a very biased and anti-capitalist theme. I really tried to give this book a chance but I just couldn't get past the left wing agenda and constant jabs against capitalism and the Republican Party. The last straw was when the author quoted an article from Vanity Fair as fact. This is the first audible book I just could not finish.

The authors points would have been much more valid had he left out his biased views and left wing agenda. The only good part about this audio book was the narration.

It really is a shame. If you have a basic understanding of global economics then some of the authors points make great sense. This book could have been so much better if the author just stuck to the facts and presenting the story without trying to push his agenda on to the reader.

I will be returning this one to audible and getting another book that's less politically driven.

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  • Jonathan Love
  • CLEARFIELD, UT, United States
  • 2016-08-17

More like Liberal Hit Piece

A friend recommended this book to me and, although I know his political positions, he revealed a limited premise that really got me excited. What I found, however, was chapter after chapter of a mea culpa by a man who, while self-admittedly escaping his puritanical upbringing, claims to have known he was doing wrong, but did it anyway.

The story is actually fascinating, but rings hollow as not once during the book does he give any detail of being an economic hit man. In fact the book reads more like a loosely, tied-together, string of Wikipedia entries wherein he inserts himself into that history and then blames Capitalism for every death around the world that could plausibly be related to a western company's market entrance.

All that being said, there's plenty in this book that I do believe and admire Mr. Perkins for writing a generalized book of a highly slanted perspective of 'Corporatocracy'. At the end of the day, much of this stuff can't be denied, regardless of personal political persuasion. For me, it's really not so much the problems (although hyperbole doesn't help anyone) I disagree with, it's the solutions proposed (e.g., government sponsored via tax-payer dollars) which only continues the cycle of fraud and filling the coffers of other companies.

If only Mr. Perkins left out the political partisanship (although in two instances he does mention Democrat party officials as facilitators and benefactors of said Corporatocracy), provided some details of how his economic forecasts actually forced governments to accept these loans, some context to his accusations via similar countries that didn't accept the economic incentives and their parallel growth, and didn't just throw crap up to see what sticks (i.e., one of his last chapters he just starts citing random articles that he thinks may corroborate his work, but also says he didn't do any vetting of the articles themselves), I might have been more swayed to what he was peddling.

Apparently as an Economic Hit Man, Mr. Perkins was superb since he managed to stay and grow in that field, but I seriously doubt his claims of "recruitment by the NSA" led to anything more than a peripheral interest in him due to his association with the son of a foreign dignitary. Also, his writing and conclusions aren't the work of any seasoned intelligence officer as they are laced with conjecture, hyperbole, speculation, and partiality.

The narrator was superb and I was able to listen at 3x speed without any problem; audio was clear and crisp.

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  • Luca
  • 2016-05-20

Read, read, read!!

This book is a must read, especially for any American who may be struggling to understand the world we live in today and what role the US plays in it.

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  • alan
  • 2016-05-09

Time to Open our Eyes - and Say Enough!

After listening to The Creature from Jekyll Island and others, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man really is a eye opener and it fills in the gaps. This book is a must listen if you really want to understand what is going on in the global economy. If your concerned for the environment and why the World Bank says they want to eradicate global poverty but in fact are the agents who support global corporations to rape the 3rd world, then your ready to swallow the red pill and buy this book.

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  • jksc2011
  • 2016-05-08

Vivid accounts of historic hidden truth, it's a...

Sad Necessary Awakening to the Real State of the Union. This updated edition brings us right up to 2015 atrocities and sources of hope and action.

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  • Perpetual
  • 2016-05-01

Confirmations of Fear

This book confirms much of what you fear goes on among massive multinational corporations and our governments. Much of the "aid" we send other countries through various financial mechanisms is a veiled attempt at strangling them with debt and dependences as those countries develop. Perkins does a great job sharing the behind the scenes activity and the reasons for it, painting a complete picture of the things we suspected were happening. Perhaps the only negative about this book is that some of the later chapters get washed out with generic suggestions to prevent this in the future albeit a very positive message. When even our political system is used against us, keeping us fighting unimportant battles with each other, it is hard to accept a simple message of buying goods from good companies and acting in good conscience after the level of moral disregard and wanton malevolence is made clear.

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  • Joe Momma
  • 2016-02-17

This is the red pill.

It's every bit as good as its first edition but what makes it better are the current events outlined in the later part of the book. Dots connected, indeed.

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  • Tim Crowley
  • 2016-04-14

Must read/listen for everyone.

Empires come and go. Unfortunately during their rise and demise; you, your family, your community incur debt and loss of liberty. This current day fact based book uncovers not only corporate sponsored slavery bigotry and genocide but most importantly what you can do to change it.

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