Hoodwinked

  • by John Perkins
  • Narrated by David Ackroyd
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States - and in fact the entire planet - spiraling toward disaster. Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy - those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe - and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is not a "return to normal". But there is a way out. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners (and the lobbyists they have in their pockets), but in the interests of their employees, their customers, the environment, and society at large.We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children. Each one of us makes these choices every day, in ways that are clearly spelled out in this book. "We hold the power", he says, "if only we recognize it."Hoodwinked is a powerful polemic that shows not only how we arrived at this precarious point in our history but also what we must do to stop the gl...

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Ethical hammer to predatory capitalism

John Perkins former EHM persists as the gadfly in the side of the states. Continuing from confessions of a former economic hit man he develops the solutions to the problems of Friedman's economics including 1) the destabilising effects of massive loans to developing nations 2) the problems of personal debt experienced by individuals the world over 3) the social and emotional passion required to motivate the leaders of the USA, Europe and the wold towards trade that internalises externalities , greens up and becomes fair trade to its core.

What a brilliant read/listen

Criticisms - he's WAY to easy on the Chinese and doesn't discuss the negative aspects of the UK and Europe enough.
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- catherine jeffrey

A great follow on from Confessions of a Economic Hitman

This is a challenging and highly engaging book, I like the easy references to quite complex issues. The content required going back over a few times, but still was an enjoyment to listen to. If you fancy being challenged about the world around you, and wish to consider a different way to think and engage with the world around you, this is a must. It is also highly empowering to the individual who feels that their voice is never heard.
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- Neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio