Wow! There is really no other way to put it. The book Confessions of an Economic Hitman is a definite page-turner. It is a rip-the-bandaid-off-quickly look at the world of US corporate dominance and control of third-world economies. The author’s (John Perkins) job was to sell these countries on the idea of borrowing money from the US to invest in modernization. That modernization would be outsourced to US companies and when the countries were unable to payback loans (also part of the plan) they would be useful in such things as UN votes, military bases, etc.
The political intrigue exposed in the book is staggering. The tie-ins to Robert McNamara, (as head of Ford, Secretary of Defense for Nixon, and President of World Bank) George Bush, (as head of CIA under Ford, Zapata Oil, International Fruit Co., Vice-President, and President) and a cadre of others including George Schultz, Dick Cheney and many more are startling. Oh yeah, and a little company called Bechtel.
If you are content to feel that the world is full of fluffy bunnies and you should always trust those in power, this is not the book for you. If you can handle knowing the truth about our leaders, their actions, and that NO, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus… this is a must read. As G.I. says… “Knowing is half the battle.”