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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 is a good story about the raping and Americanizing of the world and how global companies treat people who try to get in the way.Published 1 day ago by Judy Lenz
This guy spent much of his life, in several different capacities, basically screwing over poor people in third world countries. Read morePublished 6 days ago by W. G. Phillips
This is the book to read! Along with "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
The book had some interesting insights and views of a world most of us don't even realize exist. It was a good book for painting a picture of how these things seem to happen vs. Read morePublished 15 days ago by jonny