Without going into too much detail, what this book outlines is largely historically accurate… that is regardless of whether or not Perkins really was an “EHM” (Economic Hit Man). Having studied The Washington Consensus in quite a large degree of detail (not trying to brag but I have read many many papers on it and on the economic history of South American Nations), the South American-North American economic relationship has largely played out exactly how Perkins has described except, maybe for the more conspiratorial and personal aspects, which I neither have the information or will to invalidate or validate.
Perkins’ describes the corporate American greed matched with government and corporate opportunism to pillage poor nations through the very policies and institutions that were formed to assist them. The point which should reduce this book to no more than a pamphlet is a simple fact that America has always done this… China is now doing this… and every other empire the world has ever seen is also guilty of it. It is the age-old problem of power corrupting and no policy or goodwill of men will stop it from happening. The only thing that we have to hold our nations and corporations to account is the freedom of the press and freedom of speech… that is until the large corporations who own the government also own the media.