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About the Author - Pg. 248

ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Perkins has lived four lives: as an economic hit man (EHM); as the CEO of a successful alternative energy company, who was re- warded for not disclosing his EHM past; as an expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism, a teacher and writer who used this ex- pertise to promote ecology and sustainability while continuing to honor his vow of silence about his life as an EHM; and now as a writer who, in telling the real-life story about his extraordinary deal- ings as an EHM, has exposed the world of international intrigue and corruption that is turning the American republic into a global em- pire despised by increasing numbers of people around the planet. As an EHM, John's job was to convince third world countries to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development -- loans that were much larger than needed -- and to guarantee that the develop- ment projects were contracted to U.S. corporations like Halliburton