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Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Typical of all of Perkins books thata try to lead you to believe they are tails of espionage and intrigue instead as usual they all turn out to be liberal rantings of someone who... Read morePublished 2 days ago by William Cornell
Interesting look at world economics. Frightening in some ways. Certainly provokes thoughtful consideration on personal opinions of government and corporations, as well as... Read morePublished 5 days ago by C. Steven Garcia
I am from Nicaragua and breathed and lived the consequences of the acts of these Economic Hit Men. We had a dictatorship put in place by the US, Inc. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book. A great read and listen on Audible. Connects the dots on historical matters that by now have become known as factual. Read morePublished 5 days ago by max2015
Amazing book. Scary. Very honest. One man's experience that is worth reading about in order to feel informed about the dark side of a country's power.Published 9 days ago by Wendy
great book. a must read for anyone interested in international politics.Published 11 days ago by mike m.