- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059545349X
- ISBN-13: 978-0595453498
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Implosion: An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed Paperback – January 11, 2008
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Peter Koenig has worked most of his career for theWorld Bank as an economist and water resourcesspecialist. He has traveled extensively throughoutthe world and drawn ideas for many of the scenesin Implosion from his personal experiences. He andhis wife live in Europe and South America. Theirtwo daughters and son live in Geneva and Denver.Email Peter at email@example.com.
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These are some of the questions this novel tackles. It might be fiction but it's based on facts and insights the author has gleaned from his many years as an insider. He raises issues that seldom reach the light. Why would they, after all, since they don't serve the interests of those in control?
I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to see a side of international finance and development other than that presented by the organizations themselves and the popular press. It's a first novel for the author, and it's not perfect, but it's informative while being easy and enjoyable to read. And it will provoke serious questioning in any open mind.
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The way the author conceives that the forces of progress are united, although a bit naïve gives the hope that is possible to achieve this aspiration and moreover brings to light its urgency. It might provide inspiration for present and future fighters for a better world. However the Eudemonism model proposed lacks the depth of the elaborated theory of Socialism and Communism, which, by the way, pursue identical goals than Eudemonism.
There is no perfect book and if there were one, it would deserve more than five stars. That is why this reviewer, although recognizing the novel's flaws, considers that its merits significantly surpass its insufficiencies and qualifies it with five stars.
I was relieved to finally get concise answers to these questions: How are loans use to corrupt and manipulate a nation? How does the U.S dominate these institutions? How are the U.S treasury, the war on drugs, and the multinational corporations tied in?
Secondly, the author uses case scenarios (which are fiction but really aren't) that evidence the damage. If you are from a "Developing Country," as I am, some of the truth in this book will make you very angry.
The book does have its flaws. Although rhetoric has its place, sometimes it is overdone. The story carries through though. My favorite character, Raul, keeps one guessing as to which way he'll go (pro or anti establishment).
I recommend the book. The information in it, from someone who was there, will give you more understanding of a very complex, very worrying, and very real situation.