John Perkins

John Perkins (b. January 28, 1945 in Hanover, New Hampshire) is an author. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1968–1970 and this experience launched him in the world of economics and writing. His best known book is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), which claims that Third World countries are "neo-colonalized" by what Perkins describes as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government. Perkins graduated from the Tilton School in 1963. He subsequently attended Middlebury College for two years before dropping out due to lackluster grades. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Boston University in 1968. He spent the 1970s working for the Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, where he was employed after first being screened by the National Security Agency (NSA) and subsequently hired by Einar Greve, a member of the firm (and alleged NSA liaison, a claim which Greve has denied). In the 1980s Perkins founded and directed a successful independent energy company.


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