Confessions of an Economic Hitman

John Perkins
2004, Plume Books

The personal tale the book offers is telling. We go through the emotional setbacks of John Perkins' life. Witness how his job takes over all aspects of his life and how an intricate web of international intrigue and deception fall upon him, bringing dire ethical and moral questions. However, even though his argument on corporatocracy is interesting, it also is far from compelling. Many dots are not connected in the stories and the book lacks evidence and theoretical "spine" to support the vast generalizations made. One can't help but be left with the impression that the book touches a deeper worrying truth about the society we live in. At the same time John Perkins is also somewhat harsh when caricaturing all international dam and energy projects as inherently evil and imperialistic and as never benefiting the communities where they are being developed. All in all the book is a great, informed, gripping, easy read of the professional adventure of a lifetime.

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