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Exposure: From President to Whistleblower at Olympus Paperback – 4 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241963613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241963616
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The business book of the year has to be Michael Woodford's Exposure (Evening Standard)

The most celebrated international whistleblower of recent times... his story is filled with mystery, suspense, duplicity and betrayal (Management Today)

A sensational account of a man of great courage and principle who got to the top, and blew the whistle to glorious effect. In the corporate world Woodford is too rare and exceptional a breed. (Jon Snow Channel 4 News)

A must-read for businesspeople, politicians and would-be movers and shakers (Bloomberg)

The kind of integrity and courage that Woodford displayed is unusual. (The Economist)

Michael Woodford took a considerable risk in exposing wrongdoing. He was a study of boldness in action (Lionel Barber Financial Times)

Woodford tells his tale like a thriller. A fine book by a fine man who did the right thing. (The Times)

In a world increasingly dominated by global multinationals, he just felt someone had to speak out (Sunday Times)

Michael Woodford has proven himself a hero, though he never wanted the battle. He risked everything (Clive Stafford Smith, Founder and Director, Reprieve)

A gripping chronicle by a corporate whistle-blower who achieved a stunning victory (Kirkus)

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Exposure

When Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, he became the first Westerner ever to climb the ranks of one of Japan's corporate icons.
Some wondered at the appointment - how could a gaijin (foreigner) who didn't even speak Japanese understand how to run a Japanese company? But within months Woodford had gained the confidence of colleagues and shareholders.
Then his dream job turned into a nightmare.
He learned about a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion - a scandal which if exposed threatened to bring down the entire company. He turned to his fellow executives - including the chairman who had promoted him - for answers. But instead of being heralded as a hero for trying to save Olympus, Woodford was met with hostility and a cover-up.
Within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world. As rumours emerged of Yakuza (mafia) involvement in the scandal, Woodford fled Japan in fear of his life. He went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.
Following his departure Woodford faced months of agonizing pressure that threatened his health and his family life. But instead of succumbing he persisted, and eventually the men who had ousted him were held to account.
Exposure is the story of how Michael Woodford chose the truth over a multimillion-dollar salary, and exposed the dark heart of the company he had dedicated his life to. He also paints a devastating portrait of corporate Japan - an insular, hierarchy-driven culture that prefers maintaining the status quo to exposing ugly truths.
The result is a deeply personal memoir that reads like a thriller. As Woodford himself puts it, 'I thought I was going to run a health-care and consumer electronics company but found I had walked into a John Grisham novel.'

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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