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The Informant: A True Story

Eichenwald, Kurt

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ISBN 10: 0767903269 / ISBN 13: 9780767903264
Published by Broadway Books, New York, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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2000 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Signed by the author on the title page, *Signature Only*, 606 clean tight unmarked pages, Printing Error on page 73 stated "Antennae" (pl), should be "Antenna"(sngl), 606 clean tight unmarked pages, eight full pages of b/w photos in one mid section, dark grey end pages, book has black boards with 1/4 blue covered spine, silver embossed lettering on the spine, jacket is black with a color illustrated front with white and raised green lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 004859

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Title: The Informant: A True Story

Publisher: Broadway Books, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Informant: A True Story.The FBI was ready to take down America's most politically powerful corporation,but there was one thing they didn't count on.

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"The FBI was ready to take down America's most politically powerful corporation. But there was one thing they didn't count on."

So reads the cover of this high-powered true crime story, an accurate teaser to a bizarre financial scandal with more plot twists than a John Grisham novel. In 1992 the FBI stumbled upon Mark Whitacre, a top executive at the Archer Daniels Midland corporation who was willing to act as a government witness to a vast international price-fixing conspiracy. ADM, which advertises itself as "The Supermarket to the World," processes grains and other farm staples into oils, flours, and fibers for products that fill America's shelves, from Jell-O pudding to StarKist tuna. The company's chairman and chief executive, Dwayne Andreas, was so influential that he introduced Ronald Reagan to Mikhail Gorbachev, and it was his maneuvering that ensured that high fructose corn syrup would replace sugar in most foods (ever wondered why Coke and Pepsi don't taste quite like they used to?). There were two mottoes at ADM: "The competitors are our friends, and the customers are our enemies" and "We know when we're lying." And lie they did. With the help of Whitacre, the FBI made hundreds of tapes and videos of ADM executives making price-fixing deals with their corrivals from Japan, Korea, and Canada, all while drinking coffee and laughing about their crimes. The tapes should have cinched the case, but there was one problem: Their star witness was manipulative, deceitful, and unstable. Nothing was as it seemed, and the investigation into one of the most astounding white-collar crime cases in history had only just begun.

Kurt Eichenwald, an investigative reporter, covered the story for The New York Times and interviewed more than 100 participants in the case. He methodically records the six-year investigation, leaving no plot twist or tape transcript unexplored. While his primary focus is on deconstructing the disturbed Whitacre and revealing the malleability of truth, the portrait of ADM (and even the Justice Department) is damning enough to make anyone a cynic. --Lesley Reed

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