The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption

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Penguin, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 365 pages
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A riveting exposť of international corruption and what we can do about it, from the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list.

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. This riveting, behind-the-scenes exposť unfolded like a cinematic blockbuster told through the eyes of a man who once helped shape that empire. Now, in The Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, 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 created the American Empire, including:

The current Latin-American revolution and its lessons for democracy
How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq benefited big business
The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
Tragic repercussions of the IMF s Asian Economic Collapse
U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela
Jackal (CIA operatives) forays to assassinate democratic presidents

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 conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.

 

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Perkins follows up the bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004) with a still repentant but now broader view of the unconscionable plundering of the planet and endangerment of its future ... Read full review

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User Review  - ErnestS - LibraryThing

I liked "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" better, but this was still a great read. While "Confessions" focused more on his personal journey and realization, this book focused more on specific ... Read full review

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John Perkins is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a startling exposť of international corruption that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a founder and chairman of Dream Change, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising consciousness and creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world for future generations. Perkins has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Wharton, Princeton, and Harvard, and is a champion for environmental and social causes.

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