I’m in the middle of reading “The Secret History of the American Emire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World.” Besides having the longest title of any book I’ve ever read, author John Perkins’ second book does not so far have the optimism the title would lead one to expect. So far, Perkins has discussed (and backed with extensive evidence) the “corporatocracy” and its extreme exploitation of developing nations. Giving specific examples, Perkins describes the role he played in continuing this cycle of exploitation and explains in great detail how such things happen. While it has many obvious overlaps with Perkins’ first book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, I expect the book will go on to talk about what individuals as well as governments can do to put and end to the exploitation that Perkins claims is happening all over the world.
It’s not a light read, and at points it’s all I can do not to roll my eyes at some of Perkins’ attempts at profound analogy, but for its content, I’d recommend this book to anyone, especially if you’re the type who still wears Nike and tells your friends “they don’t do sweatshops anymore.” Perkins and his friends in Asia beg to differ with you. Check this out; it won’t make you proud to be an American, but maybe it will tell you how to make an America to be proud of.