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The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World

The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World

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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 expose unfolded like a cnematic 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, andactivists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm: It’s clear that the world we’ve created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who’s responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we o 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 democray • 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 IMF’s “Asian Economic Collapse” • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela • Jckal (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 as fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
John Perkins is the author of Confessionsof an Economic Hit Man, a startling expose of international corruption that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a founder and chairman of Dream Change, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising consciousness and creating a stale, sustainable, and peaceful world for future generations. Perkins has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Wharton, Princeton, and Harvard, and is a champion for environmental and social causes. --This text refers to the Hardover edition.
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