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Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins

Describes the processes by which he would go into developing countries, write up hugely optimistic projections for their potential growth through electrification and road building, then present these reports to the World Bank and USAID, who would loan these countries more money than they could ever repay, then offer to take their natural resources instead to settle the debt.

That this same pattern is being used now to conquer the developed world is now painfully clear.

He's also done lots of good interviews - here's a good one to start with:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFC18pFvo1g

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.