3rd Edition: CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN by John Perkins (Ecuador)


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John Perkins (Ecuador 19968-70)
Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 3rd edition
February 2023
384 pages
$16.49 (Kindle); $17.97 (Paperback); $21.91 (Audio CD)


How do we stop the unrelenting evolution of the economic hit man strategy and China’s takeover?

The riveting third edition of this New York Times bestseller blows the whistle on China’s economic hit man (EHM) strategy, exposes corruption on an international scale, and offers much-needed solutions for curing the degenerative Death Economy.

In this shocking expos, former EHM John Perkins gives an insider view into the corrupt system that cheats and strong-arms countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars and ultimately causes staggering income inequality and ecological devastation.

EHMs are highly paid professionals who use development loans to saddle countries with huge debts and force them to serve US interests. Now, a new EHM wave is infecting the world, and at the peak of the devastation sits China, a newly dominant economic power, with its own insidious version of the US EHM blueprint. Twelve explosive new chapters detail the allure, exploitation, and wreckage of China’s EHM strategy in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

If allowed to continue its rampage, the EHM strategy-whether executed by the United States or China-will destroy life as we know it. However, all is not lost. Perkins offers a plan for transforming this system that places profits above all into a Life Economy that restores the earth. He inspires readers to take actions toward a new era of global cooperation that will end the United States’s and China’s EHM strategies for good.

John Perkins (Ecuador 1968-70)

John Perkins (Ecuador 1968-70) has written eleven books, including the first edition of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than seventy weeks and was translated into over thirty languages. As a former chief economist, he advised the World Bank, the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and governments around the world.


John writes:
In 1968, the Peace Corps sent me into the Ecuadorian Amazon, deep into Shuar Territory.  When I arrived at the community where I was supposed to spend the next two years, I announced my intent to help them form credit and savings co-ops – and discovered something shocking: the people who lived there had no money! How could I possibly carry out my assignment?
We Peace Corps volunteers had been told that we would help poor people around the globe change their lives. But I quickly learned that I had absolutely nothing to offer. Despite all my years of education, there wasn’t anything in my background that could possibly help them. On the other hand, they had a great deal to teach me…

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