The book they dont want you to read?

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The location marked is not a desert or some otherworldly place as you might imagine. Its Ecuador on the edges of the Amazon. Apparently there is a lot of Oil in the Amazon. Ecuador is one of the locations mentioned in the book I am reading at the moment.

I had been meaning to pick up a book I had heard about recently. A few nights ago I finally got round to picking up a copy. I am only a little way in and already I fear it will leave me depressed at the prospect of finishing it. If even 1% of the information is true then the outlook for us all is rather bleak.

The book is Confessions Of An Economic Hitman.

While burning time before seeing “the Last King of Scotland”, a fantastically acted film, even if the subject was rather dark and horrific, I entered the book shop and figured I would ask the assistant to help me track the book down.

Helpfully he quickly went about entering the title into the computer.
“We don’t have that on our inventory, sorry”.
Hmmm.
“Could you try just Hitman”? I offered.
Again.
“nope sorry, we don’t seem to have it, are you sure thats the title”?
I reiterated that I was sure and decided to meander the shelves ‘just to look see’. Sure enough 3 copies sat in the political section. Odd.

As I mentioned at the start, the book is really quite worrying. I imagine in the same way the film An Inconvenient Truth is (I haven’t seen it yet),certainly thought and conversation provoking like Loose Change.

I am not usually prone to believing in conspiracy, fact or theory, however on occasions information is presented that really leaves you only the choice to investigate a little yourself. Hence the map from Google.

3 thoughts on “The book they dont want you to read?”

  1. Confessions of an Economic Hitman is a really awesome read. Give it a go, you wont regret it. Because it’s written as a memoir, in the first person, it’s not depressing the way that some geopolitical tracts are. The author admires (and in an episode, meets) Graham Greene and I think he sees himself a little bit as a hero in one of Greene’s novels. He starts off the novel working for the bad guys, filled with guilt, and gradually struggles towards the good, not always entirely succeeding. It’s not exactly a “great” book, because it’s a little bit too breezy for that, but the way it ties together the politics of Ecuador, Colombia, Iran and Indonesia with a tale of American imperialism is highly memorable.

    BTW, I dont think the outlook is bleak at all. Remember, it took a decade to get the US population to wake up to the reality of the Vietnam war. The Iraq war was protested before it started! People are beginning to wake up…

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