The Secret History of the American Empire
Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption
A riveting exposé of international corruptionand what we can do about it, from the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent over a year on the New York Timesbestseller list.In his stunning memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins detailed his former role as an economic hit man in the international corporate skullduggery of a de facto American Empire. This riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé unfolded like a cinematic blockbuster told through the eyes of a man who once helped shape that empire. Now, in The Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, reporters, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm: Its clear that the world weve created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Whos responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations? Addressing these questions and more, Perkins reveals the secret history behind the events that have created the American Empire, including: The current Latin-American revolution and its lessons for democracy How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq benefited big business The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East Tragic repercussions of the IMFs Asian Economic Collapse U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela Jackal (CIA operatives) forays to assassinate democratic presidents From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.
New York : Dutton, c2007.
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xv, 365 p. ; 24 cm.