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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins, Brian Emerson A sweeping, chilling assertion that governments manipulate the prospects and economies of other countries in order to control their governments. It seems to me that there isn't a lot of dispute about this, as even a cursory look at a book like Bananas!: How The United Fruit Company Shaped the World attests. Neither is there any question that governments engage in covert activities that interrupt and replace local politics and societies for the economic benefit of the stronger nation, vide King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror & Heroism in Colonial Africa or Chief of Station, Congo, to cite a couple of dovetailing books I've read recently. What may be in question is the extent to which corporations are knowingly complicit, and the veracity of Perkins's account as a memoir. I'm less concerned with or interested in the accuracy of the purported autobiography, and more curious why there has been such widespread condemnation of the underlying, generally accepted and documented premise: Governments and their economic vassals and/or masters collaborate to put other governments in thrall to the dominant government's political and economic interests. This just isn't news. Therefore, read this with the books above and with the excellent and uncontroversial How to Lie With Statistics in order to focus your reflection on what benefits you might passively receive while your government pursues its ends in the world, and to what extent you examine or accept assertions about dictators, communists, and the like.