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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 2/15/2014

    " True account of criminal price fixing by a big corporation but more the sad story of a young executive who's life is destroyed by greed, lies and self-delusion. Full of factual detail about FBI investigation and the politics of the criminal justice system. Good read for anyone who likes books that are well researched but written in an almost fictional style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyssa | 2/9/2014

    " I could not put this book down. Gym, work, commute -- everywhere. True story of the Archer Daniels Midland scandal in the early/mid-1990s and Mark Whitacre, the truly strange guy who provided information to the FBI. Kurt Eichenwald clearly did an incredible amount of research for this book, which I appreciated. I haven't seen the movie yet, but now I will. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jon | 2/9/2014

    " 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 by Dennis | 1/25/2014

    " This book was published in 2000 and is a true story. I don't remember hearing about it at the time however. All I can say about this book is that it has to be true because you could NEVER make this stuff up!!! Like me, it will probably shake you faith in every large company on the planet but it is quite a read. Highly recommended! "

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