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    The New York Times best seller, updated and expanded, featuring 15 explosive new chapters.

    The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder". In Perkins' case, the tool was debt - convincing strategically important countries to borrow huge amounts of money for enormous "development" projects that served the very rich while driving the country deeper into poverty and debt. And once indebted, these countries could be controlled.

    In this latest edition, Perkins provides revealing new details about how he and others did their work. But, more importantly, in an explosive new section, he describes how the EHM tools are being used around the world more widely than ever - even in the United States. The cancer has metastasized, yet most people still aren't aware of it.

    Fear and debt drive the EHM system. We are hammered with messages that terrify us into believing that we must pay any price, assume any debt, to stop the enemies who, we are told, lurk at our doorsteps. The EHM system - employing false economics, bribes, surveillance, deception, debt, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power - has become the dominant system of economics, government, and society today. It has created what Perkins calls a "death economy". But Perkins offers hope: He concludes with dozens of specific, concrete suggestions for actions all of us can take to wrest control of our world away from the economic hit men and help give birth to a life economy.

    ©2004 John Perkins (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    • Zikomo
    • 17/06/2017

    Starts off interesting, but a lot of it is filler

    The author pretends to take responsibility for his actions, but is really looking to do some virtue signalling. On the one hand, he admits that the bad stuff happened because guys like him (and worse guys) used lies, threats and even violence to force foreign leaders to make bad decisions. But he also wants us to believe that the economic problems in the world are the fault of free market capitalism. It's ridiculous. Free market capitalism is very much opposed to the practices that he describes in the book, and yet he wants to blame capitalism and sympathize with left wing terrorists.

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    • Bill Redfield
    • 24/02/2016

    Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

    A lot of repeat information for about the first half with some, not much more detail or clarity of the first book. So I wouldn't waste the money buying the first rendering. The remaining 15 or so chapters are packed full of new and some repeat information for clarity purposes because there is a lot going on.
    Now about the content, it had and has me pissed off knowing all the misinformation that has been pushed to the general public while the greedy bastards are still continuing to conquer, destroy, kill, manipulate, ..... and no one is held accountable. The outsiders pay dearly on a continuous basis without the slightest smidgen of guilt or compassion. Pure evil is the best way to describe it.

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    • theboot
    • 07/05/2017

    Good message garbled in self-pity

    This book could've been 25%, possibly 35% shorter if the author spent less time wading around in guilt and self-pity and spent more time on the details of the mini-stories and the overall message. A worthwhile read if you can block out the annoying interludes of guilt confessions.

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    • D. Fawkes
    • 27/01/2020

    Bits of gold in utter garbage

    I will start out with this.
    John makes some solid points about modern economic system, and had some excellent insight into the US/Saudi Arabia link. If you start panning, you'll find some good bits. But around those good bits is solid trash. Like turned up to 3.5x and wishing for 4x levels of a mix of self-flagatation and explaining how its not really his fault, while also pushing his personal new-age philosophy.

    I will also say the US is far from saintly on the international stage, but is no worse than anyone else (And better than most) when you compare the US's actions to what adversaries and contemporaries get up to. But you'll find no nuance here, only praise for dictators and mass murders simply because they were on the other side of table from the US.

    The interesting bits about the real workings of international finance, and the way the media controls the information. But for example, when discussing Panama he leaves out key events, such as Norriega declaring war on the US and US citizens and service personnel being attacked and killed by Panamanian forces. There is plenty wrong with how Just Cause went down, but insufficient provocation is not one of them.
    In the lead up to the first gulf war, John leaves out the massive loans Iraq took from its neighbors - which it invaded to try to cancel - focusing only on how its all the US' doing. (which again, is not to say that US' actions didn't play a role, but it was not the primary mover)

    Intermixed with all of this, John invites readers (listeners?) to come join his cult in the rainforest.

    So if you're looking to hear how everything the America does is wrong, and anyone - literally anyone - counter to that is 100% great with no bad side for 12 hours, this is the book for you. If you want some nuance and actual perspective on how international finance plays out, this isn't the book for you.

    John has nothing good to say about the US. But for some reason or another hasn't tried to emigrate to Ecuador or any of the other countries he praises. I wonder why that is.

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    • alan
    • 09/05/2016

    Time to Open our Eyes - and Say Enough!

    After listening to The Creature from Jekyll Island and others, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man really is a eye opener and it fills in the gaps. This book is a must listen if you really want to understand what is going on in the global economy. If your concerned for the environment and why the World Bank says they want to eradicate global poverty but in fact are the agents who support global corporations to rape the 3rd world, then your ready to swallow the red pill and buy this book.

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    • Luca
    • 20/05/2016

    Read, read, read!!

    This book is a must read, especially for any American who may be struggling to understand the world we live in today and what role the US plays in it.

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    • jksc2011
    • 08/05/2016

    Vivid accounts of historic hidden truth, it's a...

    Sad Necessary Awakening to the Real State of the Union. This updated edition brings us right up to 2015 atrocities and sources of hope and action.

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    • Perpetual
    • 01/05/2016

    Confirmations of Fear

    This book confirms much of what you fear goes on among massive multinational corporations and our governments. Much of the "aid" we send other countries through various financial mechanisms is a veiled attempt at strangling them with debt and dependences as those countries develop. Perkins does a great job sharing the behind the scenes activity and the reasons for it, painting a complete picture of the things we suspected were happening. Perhaps the only negative about this book is that some of the later chapters get washed out with generic suggestions to prevent this in the future albeit a very positive message. When even our political system is used against us, keeping us fighting unimportant battles with each other, it is hard to accept a simple message of buying goods from good companies and acting in good conscience after the level of moral disregard and wanton malevolence is made clear.

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    • Jonathan Love
    • 17/08/2016

    More like Liberal Hit Piece

    A friend recommended this book to me and, although I know his political positions, he revealed a limited premise that really got me excited. What I found, however, was chapter after chapter of a mea culpa by a man who, while self-admittedly escaping his puritanical upbringing, claims to have known he was doing wrong, but did it anyway.

    The story is actually fascinating, but rings hollow as not once during the book does he give any detail of being an economic hit man. In fact the book reads more like a loosely, tied-together, string of Wikipedia entries wherein he inserts himself into that history and then blames Capitalism for every death around the world that could plausibly be related to a western company's market entrance.

    All that being said, there's plenty in this book that I do believe and admire Mr. Perkins for writing a generalized book of a highly slanted perspective of 'Corporatocracy'. At the end of the day, much of this stuff can't be denied, regardless of personal political persuasion. For me, it's really not so much the problems (although hyperbole doesn't help anyone) I disagree with, it's the solutions proposed (e.g., government sponsored via tax-payer dollars) which only continues the cycle of fraud and filling the coffers of other companies.

    If only Mr. Perkins left out the political partisanship (although in two instances he does mention Democrat party officials as facilitators and benefactors of said Corporatocracy), provided some details of how his economic forecasts actually forced governments to accept these loans, some context to his accusations via similar countries that didn't accept the economic incentives and their parallel growth, and didn't just throw crap up to see what sticks (i.e., one of his last chapters he just starts citing random articles that he thinks may corroborate his work, but also says he didn't do any vetting of the articles themselves), I might have been more swayed to what he was peddling.

    Apparently as an Economic Hit Man, Mr. Perkins was superb since he managed to stay and grow in that field, but I seriously doubt his claims of "recruitment by the NSA" led to anything more than a peripheral interest in him due to his association with the son of a foreign dignitary. Also, his writing and conclusions aren't the work of any seasoned intelligence officer as they are laced with conjecture, hyperbole, speculation, and partiality.

    The narrator was superb and I was able to listen at 3x speed without any problem; audio was clear and crisp.

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    • Nick Kean
    • 13/04/2017

    Good start, pathetic last half

    After enjoying the first half of the book I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest. If I wanted to hear about shamanic healing and tree hugging I'd have bought a different book. The author thinks he's James Bond but comes across as more of a Walter Mitty.

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    • Tom
    • 20/02/2017

    One of the best books I ever read!

    If you want to understand the US' position in the world, economically and morally, read this book! It is definitely one of the best books I ever read!

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    • Marc Reznicek
    • 27/03/2017

    modt important book.

    Since I've read the first version of this book, i was waiting for some one to deliver an update to the recents events in world histiry and empire building. This book goes a long way on this path. it is maybe the most important book of the last 10 years. a MUST READ

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 10/10/2021

    Very good and unsettling

    Super book but don't buy the original book just this one, because they are almost identical.

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    • Klaus Becker
    • 28/06/2021

    Gute Lektüre

    Viel erlebt, aus meiner Sicht viel zu viel den Zufall zugeschrieben.
    Dennoch bleibt ein komisches Gefühl zurück. Die Argumentation von Naomi Klein ist überzeugender. In der Liga spielt John nicht. Trotzdem kann man einiges lernen.

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    • Ulrika Gunnarsson
    • 13/07/2020

    a message we all need to hear

    over and over again until it finally sinks in. Eye opening. A call to action. Yes I vote for creating life economy

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    • Amazoncus
    • 08/04/2020

    Jeder sollte sich das anhören

    Ist ein tolles Buch, welches die schrecklichen Taten von Regierungen weltweit entblößt und zum Nachdenken bringt. Auch die eigene Verantwortung wird angesprochen. Das Buch kann ich nur empfehlen.

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    • Karsten Zörner
    • 10/12/2019

    zu ungenau

    Der Autor belegt seine Geschichte in keinster Weise. Alle Erzählungen wirken konstruiert aufgrund fehlender Details. keine großen Überraschung... sehr schade