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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Eichenwald Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 own
agenda 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/20/2014

    " Fascinating and scary at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff White | 2/1/2014

    " One of the best non-fiction books I've read. Eichenwald keeps a fast pace and the twist and turns are truly bizarre. If I hadn't known it was a true story, it would seem unbelievable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marie | 1/25/2014

    " I read this ten years ago and don't remember a single thing about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Baxter | 1/20/2014

    " This started out in the same style as Eichenwald's Ship of Fools that I enjoyed very much. I suppose the Enron affair was more current when I read it than this story of ADM, but I found this very slow in places, particularly the last 100 or so pages. Glad I read it; now I'll see the movie that's just out [6/6/10 note: don't bother w/ the movie - awful!]. "

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