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A game as old as empire; the secret world of economic hit men and the web of global corruption.


A game as old as empire; the secret world of economic hit men and the web of global corruption.

Ed. by Steven Hiatt.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers


310 pages




In Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins exposed his past role as one of a cadre of imperial agents who use "fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder" in order to loot countries of aid and development funds on behalf of what he has dubbed the "corporatocracy." This collection of essays is intended as a companion to Confessions that exposes the wider machinery of the "economic hit men" of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the US government, and global big business and the "jackals" from the Central Intelligence Agency and elsewhere that often follow in their wake, instigating coups, sowing destabilization, and otherwise carrying out the agenda of the "corporatocracy." The 12 essays include personal accounts of other "economic hit men" involved in business, aid, and banking corruption; investigative reports on the activities of the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International, corrupt World Bank development aid practices in the Philippines and elsewhere, manipulation of Iraq's oil laws under the US occupation; and wider contextual pieces documenting the overall workings of so-called debt-relief and the role export credit agencies in encouraging worldwide weapons proliferation.

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