I got this book for my husband who is not a big reader. He hasn't put it down! He loves it and recommends it to everyone. He said it is a real page turner. Very well written but reads like a true thriller and it's a true story. Definitely five stars and two thumbs up.
A bizarre and readable tale. It's not the screwball comedy that its film version promises, and it's dense with the facts and details you expect from a top newspaper reporter. Still it fascinates. Who knew corn could lead to crime?
"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 . . ."
Just when this book became too much, too much deatail- too long, the story shifted gears and picked up again. It's a "wow" of a true story. The "informant" is one odd young man.
A great read by an outstanding writer of corporate intrigue and misdeeds. One of the earlier books on corrupt corporate leaders that presaged the scandals of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, etc.
The book features a true character, Mark Whitacre as the informant, in a role that would not have been believable in a book of fiction.
Also staring in the corrupt drama is the Andreas family, who through political payoffs, bribery, and high priced Washington lawyers, ensured a soft landing in the fall-out from the resulting trials.
A must read for anyone with the least interest in corporate scandals featuring corrupt, over-paid corporate leaders.
Slow at first, but story picks up quickly near the middle. Based on a true corporate scandal. Very interesting read!
This nonfiction book about greed and corruption in the corporate world reads like a novel. A high ranking executive in a global corporation becomes an informant to the FBI regarding price fixing. He and all of the other players are brought to life as a plot develops that once again proves that truth is stranger...etc.
cover - a fascinating tale ... a cohesive narrative of a corporation that placed itself above the law, an ambitious executive who preferred lies over the truth, and determined FBI agents whose hard work was nearly jeopardized not only by their informant, but also by their bosses at the Department of Justice.
An unbelievably thorough account where truth is stranger than fiction. Eichenwald covers the Archer Daniels Midland scandal and the role the FBI plays along the way. I tore through this book because each character was so well developed. You just can't wait for the whole situation come to a head.
I had a hard time with this book. Not my type of read at all. Just thought since it was a true story I might get into it but no. Not for me..
Truly shocking, a must read.