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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.
If anywhere close to true it is easy to see why several other countries actually hate the USA. Also makes one realize that our government
is basically controlled by a few... Read more
It's amazing he's still alive to tell his tale! John Perkins is quite frank about how he became an 'economic hit man', producing inflated optimistic economic data to persuade... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Margaret M. Pratt
Good book but no elements of surprise as I've known the cruelty of our foreign policies for so long...Published 4 days ago by My review
This book should be required reading for all Americans because it exposes the underlying greed, corruption and just plain evil that is inherent in all of us. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Homey the clown
Never know what you can learn these days. Sure makes one loose confidence in the USA Great READ!Published 9 days ago by Carol Doggett
This is a very poorly written book full of conjecture and incessant moralizing.Published 9 days ago by KenB.
Good read that provides insight into our adjustable economic system.Published 10 days ago by John W. Griffin