For a long time, I’d wanted to write reviews of books that I read to trigger those who stumble upon this blog to start accumulating ideas from facts and fantasies. I have read variety of books – either on air or in hotel rooms during business trips or on later part of the days when my mind could not switch off from thinking – some with serious contents, others were clearly fictions to stimulate my imaginations. Confession of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins is my first entry on this category.
John Perkins writes, “Economic hit men (EHM’s) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillion of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as Empire but one that has taken on terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.”
It took a great deal of courage for the author to come forward with such a revealing book. It unveils many plots played by big corporations and their political masters to gain access to variety of strategic resources including decision making in targeted countries to satisfy their financial and political power craze. The author wrote about some of his life experience as one of the EHM’s.
After graduation from Boston University, John volunteered for Peace Corps and was sent to Ecuador shortly after completing the training in Southern California. He was offered a position as an economist at Chas. T. Main Inc (MAIN), an international consulting firm that works for clients such as the World Bank. Without realizing what was really happening, he entered the world of the EHM.
From Indonesia to Panama to Ecuador to Venezuela, to Columbia, to Iran, to Iraq and Saudi Arabia, multiple plans were executed, all to the benefits of a conglomerate of unscrupulous play makers. John Perkins revealed them all, for the benefit of those who wants to know.
I bought the book at KL international airport in 2009, and finished reading it during the trip. Published in 2004, the book is an eye opener for those who are yet to be familiar with such an irresponsible scheming of developing nations. It can also serve as a reinforcement of the understanding of the world politics. It is definitely a good reading material for those who care about the world.