The Informant

Kurt Eichenwald

Published: 5 October 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 656 pages
ISBN: 9781846272554


The Informant is Mark Whitacre, a senior executive with America's most powerful food giant, who put his career and his family's safety at risk to become a confidential government witness. Using Whitacre's secret recordings and a team of agents, the FBI uncovered the corporation's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI closed in on their target, they suddenly realized that Whitacre wasn't quite playing the game they'd thought ... This is the gripping account of how a corporate golden boy became an FBI mole and went on to double-cross both the authorities and his employers in one of the most extraordinary cases of global corporate corruption of the last thirty years.

About the author

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Kurt Eichenwald is an award-winning senior staff writer at the New York Times, renowned for his far-reaching exposes of corporate corruption and repeatedly cited as one of the most influential financial journalists in the US. His most recent book, Conspiracy of Fools, on the Enron scandal, was also a New York Times bestseller. More about the author


‘A gripping read ... one of the most compelling narratives since Barbarians at the Gate



‘One of the best non-fiction books of the last decade’

‘Remarkable ... The intensity of reportage seems almost superhuman’

‘This is the book behind Steven Soderbergh's new film (starring Matt Damon), and the sort of thing American journalists excel at: an epic investigation into the story of Mark Whitacre - executive turned whistle-blower turned FBI double-crosser ... New York Times reporter Eichenwald turns the scandal into a corporate thriller worthy of the best fiction’ Claire Allfree

‘Thrilling, far-reaching, significant ... a fast-paced race car of a book’

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