The Secret History of the American Empire Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption
August 4, 2007
In his stunning memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins detailed his former role as an "economic hit man".
Now, in The Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world, and drawing on interviews with other Hit Men, Jackals, reporters, government officials, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm it’s clear that the world we've created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who's responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations? Addressing these questions and more, Perkins reveals the secret history behind the events that have defined our world.
From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to Jackals in the Indian Ocean, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to re-imagine our world.
John Perkins is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a startling expose of international corruption that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller lists and has been published in More than thirty languages. A former economic hit man, he is a founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world. He has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Harvard, Wharton, and Princeton, and is a champion of environmental and social causes.