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“[A] gripping tell-all book.” —The Rocky Mountain News



“Astonishing.” —Boston Herald



“This riveting look at a world of intrigue reads like a spy novel...Highly recommended.” —Library Journal



“Here are the real-life details—nasty, manipulative, plain evil—of international corporate skullduggery spun into a tale rivaling the darkest espionage thriller.” —Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Présentation de l'éditeur

From the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, comes an exposé of international corruption, and an inspired plan to turn the tide for future generations

With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America's military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone's mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including:

 
  • How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
  • The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
  • Tragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
  • The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy
  • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela

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, with consequences reflected in our daily headlines. Having raised the alarm, Perkins passionately addresses how Americans can work to create a more peaceful and stable world for future generations.
 


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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Plume; Édition : Reprint (27 décembre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0452287081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287082
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,8 x 1,8 x 20,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par fathier sur 11 septembre 2007
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D’abord, il me semble qu’il faut bien préciser que ce livre, d’un anglais facilement accessible, est avant tout une autobiographie, d’où une force et une faiblesse. La bonne surprise a été le plaisir de lecture, évident. La vie de John Perkins est assez fascinante en elle-même, il essaie constamment de prendre du recul – il analyse très bien, par exemple, les failles de sa personnalité qui ont attiré ses « recruteurs »-, et en même temps on le sent toujours baigné de cette culture d’entreprise ou de cabinets de consultants, exaltant l’accomplissement personnel, et ce même lorsqu’il aborde ses activités avec des peuples de l’Amazonie. Ceci est particulièrement marqué dans le chapitre final, « what can you do », qui fleure bon les cours de développement personnel. Tout ceci dresse un portrait complexe, assez brut, de Perkins. Là où l’ouvrage m’a déçu, c’est sur l’aspect de la réflexion. Perkins explique qu’il a été recruté par un cabinet nommé MAIN, aujourd’hui disparu, chargé par les grands organismes internationaux et notamment la Banque mondiale et le FMI, de réaliser des études sur l’impact de grands projets de construction, surtout dans les PVD. En fait d’études, il s’agissait surtout de gonfler les résultats escomptés de ces opérations, de manière à inciter ces PVD à accepter des prêts énormes de la part de ces grands organismes internationaux. De l’usage des consultants en tant qu’analystes prétendument neutres. Un grand classique.Lire la suite ›
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Amazon Customer sur 14 février 2010
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Autobiographie passionnante. Facile à lire.
La teneur de ce livre n'était pas une révélation pour moi, elle pourrait toutefois l'être pour vous qui êtes en train de lire ce commentaire. Et dans ce cas elle sera de taille...

Toutefois, on peut reprocher à l'auteur que le lien qu'il établit avec la NSA semble un peu ténu. Au delà de l'environnement familial propice, tout repose sur "Claudine"...

Parfois des relents d'égotrip, mais ça se pardonne vite.

Un ouvrage nécessaire pour une lecture contemporaine des constructions d'empires.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Caussin Philippe sur 18 juin 2010
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L'auteur interrogé sur Dailymotion ou Youtube a résumé ce qu'il a écrit dans ses livres et explique comment certains états sont "rançonnés" à partir du moment où leurs richesses (économiques, minières, pétrolières) intéressent des superpuissances (l'Amérique, notamment).Mise en coupe réglée, asservissement à des puissances supérieures. La démonstration est saisissante.
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Par Nikita Chakhvorostov sur 18 novembre 2014
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N'étant pas un grand lecteur, j'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre qui nous en apprends pas mal de choses sur les combines de l’état Américain.

Je ne peux que le conseiller.
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No proof required 26 avril 2005
Par Vaughn Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Many of the reviews here refute the truthfulness of this book because Perkins does not provide evidence for every one of his claims. But, this is precisely what makes the book an exciting and fast read. How can Perkins be expected to provide evidence for influencing events in other countries? Where should we expect to find documentation of these nefarious deeds? The inner workings of organizations like MAIN, Halliburtion, and Brown & Root are only ever known when a dissenter arises.

From my perspective, it all seems to add up. I lived in Ecuador in the 80s. I was young (18), and I didn't know much about politics at the time. I personally saw many of the projects that Perkins speaks of in this book. I heard the complaints from my Ecuadorian friends about how the U.S. was bankrupting their economy by "loaning" money for extensive construction projects. I saw the jungle along Rio Napo being deforested by unknown (to me) companies. I spent time in oil towns in the jungle -- like Shell. I saw the dam that Perkins speaks of in his book.

The only way to gather proof about the truthfulness of his claims is to see it first hand. Though I seriously doubt that most of us have the guts to travel to the places where these things happen. Denial, regarding these issues, seems terribly naive.
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The personal illuminates the global 20 novembre 2004
Par Judith Lautner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It is often the personal stories that tell the bigger truths. As with Barbara Ehrenreich's intensely personal Nickel and Dimed, Perkins' story illuminates a larger picture in a way that more scholarly treatises cannot match. I value the perspective I get from Noam Chomsky and Chalmers Johnson and many others who have written about our modern empire. None of these works, though, explains it from the ground up. Perkins does that.

In this book, written in spurts since the early 1980s, Perkins really does tell it like it is. This is the book I have been waiting for, the book that fills in the blanks left behind by the writers of global theories, the book that tells us how it really happens. It is one thing to read that the United States engineered ousters of democratically-elected leaders who did not do the bidding of our corporations. It is another to read of the actual steps that led to these actions. As one who likes to be able to visualize all the steps, I found great comfort in reading a well-written personal story that allows me to do this.

In this rightly-named confession, Perkins puts on his hair shirt and chastises himself as he explains how he gave in to temptation again and again over several decades, while he worked to build an American corporation's profits at the expense of third-world countries. He does not describe in detail the benefits he accrued from being Satan's handyman. We do not hear stories of his exploits with women, of his flaunting his power, the meat of a LifeTime movie. These fruits of his labor are glossed over in favor of greater descriptions of the occasional pangs of conscience.

Take it as a given, then, that Perkins was right for the job of economic hit man because he was so easily tempted by material wealth, power, and adulation. There was, in his character, though, a little hint of conscience. He was interested in the world's people, happy to learn other languages and ways of living, open to old as well as new ideas. Thus he was able to make a more honest comparison of the world according to global corporations and the world as seen and lived by indigenous people. And he was able to see that his work only benefitted the few. There was in him, as well, the radical view that a benefit to the few was not much of a benefit.

I can see this story translated successfully to the big screen; either as a documentary or as the story of one man. Two very different films; either would be dramatic and informative. There are scenes in this book that could have come from a Graham Greene novel (and let's not forget that Greene tells the truth through fiction): clandestine meetings, sudden flights to escape uprisings, epiphanies on the beach. By its nature, a memoir of this type cannot fully be documented. To the extent that it could be, it is, with many pages of notes and references. These private memories, though, may never be proven to be either true or false.

It is my greatest wish that Perkins is telling the whole truth all the way through. Even the smallest of fibs could tarnish a work of great importance, given our media's inability to see bigger pictures.

The real message, though, is clearly written and inescapable: this is not the story of "they", a "they" that can simply be removed from power. It is the story of us.
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insightful modern history (+ further reading & suggestions) 4 mai 2005
Par David Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Perkins gives a first-hand account of a world in which US corporations wildly overpredict the growth that will follow big infrastructure projects in the developing world, convincing aid organizations to give big loans for these projects, resulting in big projects (and big money) for American firms and crippling debt for poor nations.

Part of the book tells of his own experiences, generating false predictions and both giving and receiving bribes. The other part is a history of the role that US corporations (and, more subtly, the US government) play in eliminating hostile but strategically important leaders of developing countries and co-opting their nations' resources. (Those same leaders, hostile to US business, are often the champions of the poor in their countries.)

The history this book provides opened my eyes and made me want to read more on the subject. Thankfully, Perkins also provides extensive references for those who would like to read more on this, both providing an avenue for the curious reader and showing that he isn't the only witness to the new imperialism. The last few pages of the book also provide some practical suggestions for a reader to "do something" (and refuse to absolve us of collective guilt).

On the other hand, while the book claims to be a confession, massive page space is dedicated to Perkins's misgivings about what he was doing as he was doing it, to the point that it really feels like he's trying to let us know that he's not that bad a guy. That tone and the amount of time dedicated to it really wore me down as a reader. (Okay, okay, you were really torn, I get it.)

But overall, this was well worth the time, and I only hope I can carry some of its lessons with me.
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For History look elsewhere, for a sound, engaging critique read it. 9 novembre 2004
Par Tomas Anthony - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Perkins was interviewed by Leonard Lopate on WNYC Radio in New York. You can listen to the interview and make your own decision about John's book.

[...]

Note: Although many other books have been written about how U.S. aid policy has been used as a means of manipulating foreign countries, the fact remains that John Perkin's book is from an insiders perspective. It exposes the truth behind how corporate greed has hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy. You can find many more books on the facts and history but for a sound, engaging critique read it.
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American Centurion comes clean; sets example for us all 17 novembre 2004
Par Follow the Money - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I got Confessions of an Economic Hit Man yesterday and finished reading it today. It's a vital personal story that illuminates an entire global system. A system based on greed, power, and control. Others before Perkins have warned of this system, but usually not from an insider's perspective. If you're interested in more details David Korten has done the best job documenting how rich powerful corporations with the help of governments get richer at the expense of the poor who get poorer. This isn't a new idea. But in today's world, the major media refuse to report this story. Perkins understands the essence of the problem: empire, oppression, inequality, and greed can seem to bring benefits to some people in the short term ... but in the long term we all loose, even the rich. We are all spiritually harmed by the lies and rationalizations. We are all put at risk when the world becomes more polarized into haves and have-nots. Our humanity is undermined when we benefit from that which hurts others. Undoubtedly most perpetrators have convinced themselves that what they do is OK and even that they'll be able to avoid consequences. Their money and power will insulate them in their exclusive gated communities. John Perkins' real feat in this book is not exposing a corrupt system, but in providing an example of one person who was able to look into his life with a deep honesty and realize it was hurting him as well as prospects for the future of all people. All of us can learn from his awakening. Does driving a big SUV make us more secure? Happier? A better person? A better citizen?
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