December 20, 2005

News & Opinion: Confessions of An Economic Hitman Excerpt

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:42 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A big book from last year was John Perkins' Confessions of An Economic Hitman. In the book, Perkins recounts his life at Chas. T. Main, a Boston strategic-consulting firm. There is says he was an "economic hit man" where his primary job was to convince developing countries around the world to take multi-billion dollar loans for large infrastructure projects. When these governments could no longer pay for the massive loans, the International Monetary Fund or World Bank would step in and dictate what these countries could and could not do.

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Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.