'Economic Hit Man' author here, April 11
Posted April 6, 2006; 08:37 p.m.
Best-selling author John Perkins will speak on his provocative
memoir, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
April 11, in McCosh 10.
For 10 years, Perkins was a chief economist at an international consulting firm, where he worked as an "economic hit man," cheating countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars using tools such as fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex and murder. In his book, he writes that his job was to convince countries to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development, and to ensure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U.S. corporations. Saddled with huge debts, these countries came under the control of the U.S. government, the World Bank and other U.S.-dominated aid agencies that then bullied the foreign governments into submission.
According to Library Journal, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” is a "riveting look at a world of intrigue" that "reads like a spy novel." The book became a New York Times best seller within a few weeks of its release in 2004.
A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow the lecture.
The event is sponsored by the Princeton Social Forum, the Princeton College Democrats and the Green Party of New Jersey.