By John Perkins
Confessions of an financial Hit guy unearths a video game that, based on John Perkins, is "as outdated as Empire" yet has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in an period of globalization. And Perkins should still recognize. for a few years he labored for a global consulting enterprise the place his major task used to be to persuade LDCs (less constructed international locations) world wide to simply accept multibillion-dollar loans for infrastructure initiatives and to determine to it that the majority of this cash ended up at Halliburton, Bechtel, Brown and Root, and different usa engineering and building businesses. This ebook, which many of us warned Perkins to not write, is a blistering assault on a little-known phenomenon that has had dire outcomes on either the victimized nations and the U.S.
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