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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 2nd Edition

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Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages.

New Revelations:
Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, home to the US. Over 40 percent of the book is new, including chapters identifying today's EHMs and a detailed chronology extensively documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004.

Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it.

Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools—false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power—are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago.

The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs—bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others—“con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. INTRODUCTION: The New Confessions
  7. PART I: 1963–1971
    1. 1 Dirty Business
    2. 2 An Economic Hit Man Is Born
    3. 3 “In for Life”
    4. 4. Indonesia: Lessons for an EHM
    5. 5. Saving a Country from Communism
    6. 6. Selling My Soul
  8. PART II: 1971–1975
    1. 7 My Role as Inquisitor
    2. 8. Civilization on Trial
    3. 9. Opportunity of a Lifetime
    4. 10. Panama’s President and Hero
    5. 11. Pirates in the Canal Zone
    6. 12. Soldiers and Prostitutes
    7. 13. Conversations with the General
    8. 14. Entering a New and Sinister Period in Economic History
    9. 15 The Saudi Arabian Money-Laundering Affair
    10. 16 Pimping, and Financing Osama bin Laden
  9. PART III: 1975–1981
    1. 17 Panama Canal Negotiations and Graham Greene
    2. 18 Iran’s King of Kings
    3. 19 Confessions of a Tortured Man
    4. 20 The Fall of a King
    5. 21 Colombia: Keystone of Latin America
    6. 22 American Republic vs. Global Empire
    7. 23 The Deceptive Résumé
    8. 24 Ecuador’s President Battles Big Oil
    9. 25 I Quit
  10. PART IV: 1981–2004
    1. 26 Ecuador’s Presidential Death
    2. 27 Panama: Another Presidential Death
    3. 28 My Energy Company, Enron, and George W. Bush
    4. 29 I Take a Bribe
    5. 30 The United States Invades Panama
    6. 31 An EHM Failure in Iraq
    7. 32 September 11 and Its Aftermath for Me, Personally
    8. 33 Venezuela: Saved by Saddam
  11. PART V: 2004–TODAY
    1. 34 Conspiracy: Was I Poisoned?
    2. 35 A Jackal Speaks: The Seychelles Conspiracy
    3. 36 Ecuador Rebels
    4. 37 Honduras: The CIA Strikes
    5. 38 Your Friendly Banker as EHM
    6. 39 Vietnam: Lessons in a Prison
    7. 40 Istanbul: Tools of Modern Empire
    8. 41 A Coup against Fundación Pachamama
    9. 42 Another EHM Banking Scandal
    10. 43 Who Are Today’s Economic Hit Men?
    11. 44 Who Are Today’s Jackals?
    12. 45 Lessons for China
    13. 46 What You Can Do
    14. 47 Things to Do
  12. Documentation of Economic Hit Man Activity, 2004–2015
  13. John Perkins Personal History
  14. Notes
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. Index
  17. About the Author