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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a controversial book about John Perkins and his career with the Chas. T. Main consulting firm in Boston. In it, Perkins writes about his claim that his job was a cover-up for a covert operation by the NSA.
Summary of the Book
In this book, John Perkins presents a controversial claim that he was recruited by the National Security Agency (NSA) to convince the political and financial leaders of developing countries to draw on huge development loans from the World Bank and the USAID. The loans were so enormous that they couldn't be easily paid back, handing US the reins to the countries' decisions on several foreign policies. The United States, he claims, has been misusing this power to cripple these nations politically and made the wealth gap wider, driving the economy of these countries lower. He explains that economic hit men have been used by the US to funnel money from the World Bank, the USAID and other foreign aid companies into the pockets of a few wealthy families. These families, he professes, control most of the world's natural resources, and they spare no risks in rigging elections, making up fraudulent financial reports, payoffs, extortion, sex and murder. This is a controversial book by Perkins, and its authority has been challenged by journalists from around the world.
About John Perkins
John Perkins is an American writer. He is best known for claiming to have played a role in an alleged process of economic colonization of Third World countries, on behalf of what he portrays as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government.
A graduate of Boston University, Perkins worked for the Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main. He has also written: Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded - and What We Need to Do to Remake Them, The Secret History of the American Empire and A Game as Old as Empire: the Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption.