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2.0 out of 5 stars OH FOR GOODNESS SAKES !!, 2 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal- How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower (Hardcover)
Let me quote some nonsense:

"Michael Woodford is not just a whistle blower - he's a truth teller and a hero" (Afterwords - written by Jake Adlestein)

and

(page 228) "One shareholder linked me to Bushido, the 'Way of the Warrior Knight"

And that folks is what this book became - a glorification of Michael Woodford as a modern day hero and the prophet and saviour of Japan's economic model. And Michael Woodford loved all the praise - taking time to print it out and savour the acolades.

The book started great: a genuinely inspirational account of a CEO spotting a fraud problem and assiduously following it through. The first four chapters were breathtaking as Mr Woodford unravels the problems and takes on the evil doers. But it then faltered and ran out of steam and thereafter it became a study in repetition and self glorification. And the book fast and firmly became a study in the heroics of Michael Woodford.

I read the first chapters in one sitting but the rest took me weeks to read as it wallowed in nothingness - just endless meetings - hugs - and late phone calls - plane rides to Japan - America - emails - telly appearances. It fast became lightweight and a study in treading water.

There was also a lot of what I would call American style dumbing down with many references to hugs - admiration for fellow man - paragraphs of praise to the folks who helped him and scrumptious meals eaten. For example:

On page 142 he describes the meal he and his wife had with close friends who are "calm, supportive - perfect tonic - cerebral - warm - best cook I know......" and a description of the dinner; " duck confit with braised leeks and potatoes...

Oh My Goodness - What a lot of junk - and the book is jam packed with such anodyne rubbish.

It's laughable too in that the bad guys are always ugly - wearing bad shirts and ties whilst the good guys are cool - slick and good looking. Does Michael Woodford not realise how ridiculous he is sounding with such biased reporting?

Michael Woodford did a great thing - but he is not a hero - try fighting a war and saving your fellow man from imminent death and risking your life on the battle field - that demands praise and an Afterward dripping with emotional epitaphs.

And another thing:

I don't care less about Japan's economic model - and why should I? Should I be praising him for his determination to sort out the Japanese mess? They are our competitors - and their problem is our opportunity. Stop working for the competition Mr Woodford.

And one final thing:

The mechanics of the fraud were interesting - and complicated and demanded more explanation - but we got too little of this - we did have a rushed through explantion which I could partly follow but it was hardly enough.

Overall - it was a good story - but lost its way in lathering Michael Woodford's ego.
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2013 22:42:30 BDT
Yes, this could have been a 150 page book but Woodford drags it out too far. The 'Interlude' chapter was particularly self-indulgent.
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