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economic hit men, jackals, and the truth about global corruption

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The secret history of the American empire

economic hit men, jackals, and the truth about global corruption

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Dutton
Language
English
Pages
365

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Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, zeroes in on hot spots around the world 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? 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 forays to assassinate democratic presidents. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.--From publisher description.

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Table of Contents

Asia. Mystery woman of Jakarta
Pirating lepers
Geishas
The Bugiman
A corrupt and brutal country
Sweatshops
United States-supported slaughter
Tsunami profiteering
Fruits of corruption
Attacked and beaten in Indonesia
Don't become a Buddhist
Biological imperatives
Dictatorships of finance
The quiet giant
Latin America. Hired guns in Guatemala
Obsessed with anger
Recruited as president of Bolivia Power
Maximizing profits in La Paz
Changing the dream
Venezuela's Chávez
Ecuador : betrayed by a president
Bolivia : Bechtel and the water wars
Brazil : skeletons in the closet
The beautiful Carioca
Taking on the empire
Kindred spirits
A history of assassinations
Lessons from Latin America
The Middle East. A bankrupt United States of America
King dollar
Manipulating governments
Lebanon : "stark raving mad"
USAID speaks
Egypt : controlling Africa
Infidel dog
Iran : highways and fortresses
Israel : America's foot soldier
The Iraq-Iran War : another EHM victory
Qatar and Dubai : Las Vegas in the land of mullahs
Into the abyss
Africa. Modern conquistadors
Sitting in America's lap
A jackal is born
The "non-peoples" of Diego Garcia
Assassinating a president
The highjacking of an Air India 707
An environmentalist is executed
The least understood continent
NGOs : a stake in keeping Africa poor
Laptops, cell phones, and cars
Ex-Peace Corps volunteers offer hope
Resolved : to turn things around
Changing the world. Four essential questions
Change is possible
Modern minutemen
Changing the myth
The new capitalism
A list of grievances
Facing our fears
Changing Wall Street through financial leverage
Buying off third-world debt
Five commonalities
Times of opportunity
The most important question of our time
Today is the day
Appendix A : organizations described in this book
Appendix B : entry points for living democracy
Appendix C : recommended reading.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-346) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
337.73
Library of Congress
HF1455 .P46 2007

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xv, 365 p. ;
Number of pages
365
Dimensions
9.1 x 6 x 1.5 inches
Weight
1.2 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7771166M
Internet Archive
secrethistoryofa00perk
ISBN 13
9780525950158
LCCN
2007010604
OCLC/WorldCat
86109881
Library Thing
2516815
Goodreads
61117

Work Description

A riveting expose 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 expose 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 presidentsFrom 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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