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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: August 2009 ISBN: 9780739324929
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • The twists and turns of this nonfiction work leave many thrillers in the dust. Eichenwald's spare prose and journalistic eye for detail make the pages fly. David Baldacci, Absolute Power and Saving Faith
  • I would say The Informant reads like Grisham, only nobody ever could have invented these characters. A tale this riveting and this strange could only have been built from truth. Sherry Sontag, coauthor, Blind Man's Bluff
  • The Informant is epic in scope, a tale of human foibles--of greed, deceit, and arrogance--and also of the search for truth. Eichenwald has told it masterfully, with the narrative drive of a novel. I guarantee it'll keep you reading late into the night. Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action
  • The Informant is superb reporting in the service of a great story, one with the drama and suspense of a Le Carré novel. Set squarely in the American heartland, delving into the inner sanctum of a global corporation, it explores the shifting boundaries of truth and deception, loyalty and betrayal. It is a remarkable achievement. James B. Stewart, Den of Thieves and Blind Eye

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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!]. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/17/2014

    " I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy a non-fiction book focused on price-fixing in lysine, especially when I saw that it was nearly 600 pages. I thought Eichenwald did a great job presenting the story and revealing the mysterious, complicated workings of the "informant." I was amazed at how well he held my attention and laid the story out. It read like a work of fiction, both because of the unbelievable story and the way Eichenwald wrote it. I've seen the movie as well and thought the movie played very well to this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/17/2014

    " pretty interesting and a depressing look at the Big Business Machine all mixed up in a compelling mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/3/2014

    " Shocking story of ADM and price fixing. Sounds like it might be dull, but it reads like fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/23/2013

    " I liked this story and would probably give 3.5 stars if I could. The main character was quite interesting but the story gets a bit bogged down with all the detail of the FBI investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/30/2013

    " Very in-depth look at what could have easily been a boring subject. Written almost more like fiction than your typical dry non-fiction fare, save for the ridiculous long list of characters/names/positions/titles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/17/2013

    " This book was unbelievable. A great character study in non-fiction. The only criticism I have is that there are so many people in the book I can't keep them all straight. But it's non-fiction, so I can't really ding him for that! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Californiacoyote | 10/19/2013

    " Didn't finish it. Yawn. Watch the movie, at least there's a cute butt or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/28/2013

    " Great book; great story; the protagonist is one of the biggest fools I've ever read about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/26/2013

    " Oh my gosh, it is hard to believe that this story is true, it seems too amazing. There are some slow parts at the start, but you can't put it down once it gets going. Best true legal account I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 4/15/2013

    " This is an unbelievable story told unbelievably well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anton | 3/6/2013

    " Great book. A bit too long and at times confusing, but at the end I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jon | 8/17/2012

    " Conspiracy of fools was better. I read that book and thought this would be a good one as well. Not really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/18/2012

    " Excellent book. Reads like fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/30/2011

    " I hadn't heard of it before, but they're making a movie right now. It's a corporate conspiracy/FBI thriller. I can't say I've read anything like it before, but I'm really enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Murphy-Rice | 11/28/2011

    " A true story that reads like fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/8/2011

    " This book started out pretty interesting, but it got long pretty quickly for me. I felt like a lot of the little details that made it so long were unnecessary to the story. I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so long winded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/11/2011

    " An interesting book but with so many characters it was a bit hard to keep up and quite long winded "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 3/10/2011

    " Fantastic, gripping read. The story is just unbelievable, and Eichenwald keeps you engaged throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/25/2011

    " A great book, fact is more bizarre than fiction at Enron. This book may have too much business jargon and accounting for some readers. But as a CPA I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/18/2011

    " Besides taking me 3 months to read, this book was amazing. Held my interest the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tisa | 2/6/2011

    " Very interesting and detailed storytelling. It goews behind the scenes of the scandal, and show just how Enron schemed and scammed their way into jail. Very detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 9/30/2010

    " Very good, the author made what by all rights should have been a very dull and hard to understand story of obscure accounting misdeeds into an interesting study of human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 8/1/2010

    " The best book on Enron I've read but not the easiest to understand. Watch the movie, "Smartest Guys in the Room" first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 7/16/2010

    " A story of a horrible event in our country's history - well told. "

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About the Author
Author Kurt Eichenwald

Kurt Eichenwald is a senior writer with Newsweek, a contributing editor with Vanity Fair, and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. He wrote for the New York Times for more than twenty years. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and 2002. His New York Times bestseller The Informant was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.