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The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth [Kindle Edition]

Tom Devine , Tarek F. Maassarani , Jeffrey Wigand
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"From Library Journal"Devine and Maassarani present a handy guide (written in cooperation with the Government Accountability Project, for which Devine is legal director and Maassarani former litigator) full of practical considerations and suggestions as well as examples of whistle-blowers' experiences. The admirably pragmatic chapters cover such topics as how to decide whether the wrongdoing witnessed is worth reporting, the tactics used by corporations and others to intimidate and marginalize whistle-blowers, how to create appropriate support networks, and the best ways to back up one's whistle-blowing (and to whom one should blow the whistle). The book concludes with a meaty "Toolkit" that offers tips on filing an official Sarbanes-Oxley complaint, filing Freedom of Information Act requests, and using the appropriate federal statutes. VERDICT This is an important (and cost-effective) book for libraries to own; it well covers a subject that, understandably, potential whistle-blowers may not want to look up on the Internet, particularly on their work computers. Managers might also do well to familiarize themselves with this book, as the authors suggest that most whistle-blowers would prefer to work through official and company channels to resolve their issues (for both their peace of mind and the good of the organization). --Sarah Statz Cords

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From Erin Brockovich to Enron, whistleblowers who “challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust” have proven to be an unfortunate necessity in modern business culture. Their efforts to report crimes, fraud, and dangers to public health and safety have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars of shareholder value – and had we heeded the warnings of whistleblowers, perhaps disasters such as the Bernie Madoff scandal and the Lehman Brothers meltdown could have been averted.

Recent federal legislation in finance and health reform have cemented legal protections and mechanisms for whistleblowing. This book provides a thorough guide and history to the whistleblower's legal rights. The ultimate survival guide, it provides advice on getting help and finding allies, warns that retaliation is often the reward for "committing the truth" and shows how to weather the storm. With extensive legal texts, sample letters, resources, and information on upcoming whistleblower reforms, this is the ultimate source on the subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2116 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605099864
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (4 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SRR1MG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Whistleblowers travel a difficult and sometimes dangerous road. In their book, Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani teach you how to report corporate crime and protect yourself in the process. Dr. Jeffrey Wigand - the famous whistleblower whose scientific testimony severely damaged tobacco companies - suggests replacing the term "whistleblower" with "Person of Conscience." No matter what you call them, whistleblowers often bravely sacrifice their careers, livelihoods, equanimity and sometimes even their physical well-being to reveal private or public malfeasance. While most companies are honest, this is a book for people whose companies are not. After all, if you think whistleblowers are just disgruntled workers, consider this: Research shows that fully 50% of employees witness corporate misdeeds, but only 40% of them do something about it. getAbstract suggests this informative, case-filled book to would-be whistleblowers who need to learn how to safeguard themselves, and to corporate leaders who should know that "it is bad business to kill or silence the messenger." And, of course, cheers to corporations that walk the straight and narrow, and needn't fear the sound of the whistle blowing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for potential whistle-blowers 8 Jan 2014
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Velry worthwhile as a guide to what to do and what not to do. It is of course quite particular to the American market - because that is where it emanates from and we ( in UK) could really do with a sister tome that indicates the application of UK and European law and whistleblower protections - or not as the case may be! Perhaps Whistleblowers UK should write one?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs whistleblowers? We all do -- Mark Galen 14 May 2011
By Book Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Whistleblowers, aka "Insiders", aka "Persons of Conscience" are the only people who can alert the public when a disaster is coming, or we are being ripped off, or banks are going to meltdown, or oils spills are likely, or healthcare is substandard, or elections are not fair. The founding fathers knew we needed whistleblowers to sound the alarm. Paul Revere is often called the Patron founder of whistleblowers- because he sounded the alarm that the redcoats are coming. Now, modern day Paul Reveres have a new handbook, one that is sorely needed, thanks to two icons of the POC-whistleblowing movement-Tom Devine and Jeff Wigand.

Insiders can save our country big. . A huge number of the decades disasters could have been prevented if insiders had been listened to. This book gives an incredible and realistic guide to what it is like to be a POC-whistleblower. Jeff Wigand is a prime example of "a happy warrior" who fights to save kids from tobacco, saving millions of lives. Wigand made a huge sacrifice, and he does it without counting the personal cost. His personal example has inspired thousands of persons to do the right thing. Tom Devine has made a life mission to protect the Wigands of the world. These two icons personify the movement.

POC-whistleblowers are a lot like submariners- we are a silent service. I wish I could write this review under my own name, and reveal how much Devine's first survival book changed my life. I would have been toast without it. No one realizes how daunting it is to face a huge corporation until you are in the middle, too far in to get out. There was a whole skyscraper full of lawyers wanting my hide. Somehow, I bluffed my way into Tom Devine's office as a desperate hail Mary, and he gave me the early survival guide. It told me exactly what to do, and how to survive. I walked out of Devine's office and totally turned the situation around, and achieved a victory. So, I can attest that his book saved at least one POC-whistleblower. From then on, I handed out copies of his book to anyone in such a situation. This new book takes his message to a whole new level. Not only should all POC-whistleblowers read the book, but all citizens and leaders interested in getting the best for our country. Devine is not just the legal director of GAP, he is also the head of "The Make it Safe" coalition. Every single US citizen, and every person globally, has an interest in safe healthcare, safe products, national safety. Everyone needs to know what is at stake. So buy this book now!

History is littered with fallen nations who failed to listen to whistleblowers. Thousands of kings would have lived longer if they didn't shoot the messenger! Had Hamurabi made protection of whistleblowers part the law, Babylon would still rule. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair. Nothing else remains of that colossal wreck- because no whistleblowers lived. Ignorant armies continue to clash by night on a darkling plain- because they did not have Devine's book.

All that remains of Ceasar is his salad.

Whistleblowers have proven to be the most effective way to reduce deficits. Abraham Lincoln enacted the first WB protection laws to win the civil war, and to reduce his deficit. Ronald Reagan strengthened the Lincoln laws to end waste, fraud and abuse in govt. Harry Markopolous tried to prevent the banking meltdown. The Semmelweis society is trying to prevent a meltdown of the 17% of our economy that goes to medical care. Jeffrey Wigand prevented trillions of dollars of healthcare costs in his crusade to end smoking.

Think of a world where Enron had been prevented. Where the FBI had stopped 9/11. Where the Challenger had not blown up. Prevention saves trillions. Devine's book could have created such a world. So, he's selling it pretty cheap for under 20 dollars.

One Insider could have told the world that there were no WMD in Iraq. The Trojan war destroyed the Trojans, but also destroyed the Greeks. If only they had listened to the quintessential whistleblower, Cassandra! Too bad that Achilles had not read the survival guide and listened to what Cassandra said!

Another icon of the movement, Senator Grassley keeps saying that whistleblowers are treated like skunks at a picnic. But, if Congress reads this book, it could all change! We could all come out smelling like a rose garden!

The highest recommendation I can give Devine's books is that they work. If I could send one to every Congress person I would. I'd send it to every news editor, and every citizen contemplating doing the right thing.

This book can save your rear end. Buy it! --Mark Galen
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savvy guidebook on how to be a corporate whistleblower 13 May 2011
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Whistleblowers travel a difficult and sometimes dangerous road. In their book, Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani teach you how to report corporate crime and protect yourself in the process. Dr. Jeffrey Wigand - the famous whistleblower whose scientific testimony severely damaged tobacco companies - suggests replacing the term "whistleblower" with "Person of Conscience." No matter what you call them, whistleblowers often bravely sacrifice their careers, livelihoods, equanimity and sometimes even their physical well-being to reveal private or public malfeasance. While most companies are honest, this is a book for people whose companies are not. After all, if you think whistleblowers are just disgruntled workers, consider this: Research shows that fully 50% of employees witness corporate misdeeds, but only 40% of them do something about it. getAbstract suggests this informative, case-filled book to would-be whistleblowers who need to learn how to safeguard themselves, and to corporate leaders who should know that "it is bad business to kill or silence the messenger." And, of course, cheers to corporations that walk the straight and narrow, and needn't fear the sound of the whistle blowing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Consider the source 7 Feb 2013
By dpardo - Published on Amazon.com
"A public whistleblower should not expect justice," author Tom Devine says in Chapter 3.

"The only thing that you can count on is the personal satisfaction that you did the right thing and that you lived your values. If you approach whistleblowing with the idea that this is all you will receive, any other benefits will be a welcome bonus," Devine continues.

Now consider the following, from Stephen M. Kohn's "The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself":

"The Whistleblower's Handbook sets forth objective rules allowing employees to weigh the pros and cons of blowing the whistle, while establishing the strategic framework for pursuing a case.... These cases can take time, cost money, and require expert advice and assistance. But protecting one's career from an angry boss is not an easy task. Winning a whistleblower case is never easy. But it can be done and has been done. With the right tools, whistleblowers have the potential to be very successful--sometimes beyond their expectations."

What explains the difference between Kohn's can-do attitude and Devine's defeatist outlook?

For that, you'll have to do your homework. Devine's critics are not hard to find. The common charge is that an underclass of downtrodden, oppressed whistleblowers are Devine's bread and butter, who, in the bottom-line analysis, does little to empower whistleblowers and eradicate retaliation.

Does justice matter to you, fellow whistleblower?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not try this at home without first reading the Survival Guide 18 Jun 2011
By michael cole - Published on Amazon.com
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The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide is a clearly written comprehensive guide to the dangers (many) and satisfactions (few) of whistleblowing. The style is direct and down to earth. The authors impart an enormous amount of knowledge and suggest many resources for obtaining further help and information. Chapters include (roughly), Should you whisleblow? Should you go public or remain anonymous? What the organisation will do in retaliation (lots!). What to know before you blow. Where to go to blow. Where to get help. The law. and, Law reform (much needed still). The reality is that whistleblowing is a sacrifice. There is usually an enormous cost to the whistleblower and to the whistleblower's family (who may not see whistleblowing in a positive light; especially when their lives are shattered for no good reason that they can see). It can be difficult to see how the word 'survival' applies to a process which often ends in career and financial suicide. And yet there are those few who cannot allow evil to succeed by doing and saying nothing. This survival guide will markedly reduce the risk to these brave few. Don't move a muscle till you have read this guide.

Australian readers should note that there is even less protection for Antipodean whistleblowers. In the United States there is some protection through the False Claims Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.

I wish I had read this book before exposing the scandal at Westmead Hospital (see the Julie Robotham article in the Sydney Morning Herald 23 May 2011). I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone thinking of whistleblowing.

Dr Michael J Cole FRACP
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for the High Road 14 Jun 2011
By Dr. T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a must read for anybody who has high ethical standards and has thought about becoming a person of conscience (aka, whistleblower). I wish I had read it before I undertook the path I am now on as we (my wife and I) have had to learn as we go. The book is right-on in outlining what you need to do and what you will encounter. The survival tips, traps to watch out for, and guidance on how to interact with the many diverse groups you will encounter is invaluable information. It is uncanny how accurate it is in describing the emotional roller coaster you will be on. Only people who really know what it is about could provide such an accurate description. Being a person of conscience is not an easy path to take nor is it a short path, but this book will be one of the best tools you will have to guide your trip if you choose to take the high road.

Dr. Walter T.
Hanford Vit Plant Person of Conscience
May, 2011
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