The Informant (Film Tie in) Paperback – 5 Oct 2009
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National Bestseller "Ranks with "A Civil Action" as one of the best nonfiction books of the last decade."--"The" "New York Times Book Review" "The most riveting tale of recent years... a fast-paced race-car of a book."--Salon.com "Reads like an Ed McBain crime novel. I knew how the story ended, but I still couldn't put the book down."--"The New York Times" "Gripping...A remarkable work and a compelling read....The intensity of reportage seems at times almost superhuman." --"Newsday" "One of the most compelling business narratives since "Barbarians at the Gate,"" --"BusinessWeek ""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 Carre novel." --James B. Stewart, "Den of Thieves" and "Blind Eye"
About the Author
KURT EICHENWALD is an award-winning senior staff writer at the New York Times, renowned for his far-reaching exposes of corporate corruption and repeatedly cited as one of the most influential financial journalists in the US.His most recent book, Conspiracy of Fools, on the Enron scandal, was also a New York Times bestseller.
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As non-fiction, this does live up to the "reads more like a thriller" cliché, and is very like a John Grisham novel (partly because Whitacre does seem to think he's living the plot of one!) It's also an interesting overview of how some big businesses really work, and how anti-trust laws are used to prevent their worst excesses. However, in one of his final postscripts, the author makes a salient point on how justice works for some more than others providing you know the right people in politics and business.
If you enjoy business books like "Barbarians at the Gate" or "The Smartest Guys in the Room", I'm sure you'll become immersed in this one.
The way the author sets things up, I was expecting the main character, Whiteacre, to have some cunning plan up his sleeve, a la Mitch McDeere in the Firm (to which allusions are made throughout) but to my disappointment, nothing.
I was wondering whether this review might spoil it a little for others, but then I thought, no, at least you wont have great expectations of a fantastic twist that never really comes. Yes there are surprises as the story unfolds, but nothing mind-blowing.
The author has researched the subject very thoroughly and it is easy to read, so no complaints there. But I guess, ultimately, corporations have done far worse things than price fix, and I was expecting more exposure of their deepest darkest secrets.
I would only recommend reading this if you are genuinely interested in the story for itself, but for thrills and spills, I would go elsewhere (maybe the Da Vinci Code if you havent read it already) or just watch the film.