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The Informant: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
The Informant: A True Story
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From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy—which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . .It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most... show more
From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy—which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . .It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his ownagenda he kept hidden from everyone around him—his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began.In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board—including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney—to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up through the ranks of the Justice Department to FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno.A page-turning real-life thriller that features deadpan FBI agents, crooked executives, idealistic lawyers, and shady witnesses with an addiction to intrigue, The Informant tells an important and compelling story of power and betrayal in America
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780767903271 (0767903277)
ASIN: 767903277
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 629
Edition language: English
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Michael's Book Babble
Michael's Book Babble rated it
5.0 Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction
The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald is one of those stories that's so strange, it's almost hard to believe. The movie, while it was pretty good, left out a whole lot of strange. The book digs deeper into the strange shenangians of Mark Whitacre. True, he was helping out the government at the time... bu...
Rincey Reads
Rincey Reads rated it
3.0 The Informant: A True Story
I would probably give this one 3.5 stars if I could. I liked this a lot. The story was very engaging, especially since you know it is a true story. And I spent the entire novel wondering whether or not Whitacre was a good guy or not cause I seriously was just waiting for him to flip out or something...
wallerdc
wallerdc rated it
This was a very "dry" read for me. I actually had to force myself to finish this book. It was a pretty amazing story, just too many details.
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
4.0 The Informant..Complete Unabridged
This non-fiction story is more interesting than any fictional crime detective story. I feel compelled to be a bit more enthusiastic than usual about this book to overcome the reaction of potential readers who are not interested in a story about price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). That ma...
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