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So reads the cover of this high-powered true crime story, an accurate teaser to a bizarre financial scandal with more plot twists than a John Grisham novel. In 1992 the FBI stumbled upon Mark Whitacre, a top executive at the Archer Daniels Midland corporation who was willing to act as a government witness to a vast international price-fixing conspiracy. ADM, which advertises itself as "The Supermarket to the World," processes grains and other farm staples into oils, flours, and fibers for products that fill America's shelves, from Jell-O pudding to StarKist tuna. The company's chairman and chief executive, Dwayne Andreas, was so influential that he introduced Ronald Reagan to Mikhail Gorbachev, and it was his maneuvering that ensured that high fructose corn syrup would replace sugar in most foods (ever wondered why Coke and Pepsi don't taste quite like they used to?). There were two mottoes at ADM: "The competitors are our friends, and the customers are our enemies" and "We know when we're lying." And lie they did. With the help of Whitacre, the FBI made hundreds of tapes and videos of ADM executives making price-fixing deals with their corrivals from Japan, Korea, and Canada, all while drinking coffee and laughing about their crimes. The tapes should have cinched the case, but there was one problem: Their star witness was manipulative, deceitful, and unstable. Nothing was as it seemed, and the investigation into one of the most astounding white-collar crime cases in history had only just begun.
Kurt Eichenwald, an investigative reporter, covered the story for The New York Times and interviewed more than 100 participants in the case. He methodically records the six-year investigation, leaving no plot twist or tape transcript unexplored. While his primary focus is on deconstructing the disturbed Whitacre and revealing the malleability of truth, the portrait of ADM (and even the Justice Department) is damning enough to make anyone a cynic. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book is very well written and keeps your interest and your curiosity.
The key to the story is the informant himself, Mark Whitacre, the President of one of ADM's largest and most successful divisions.
Others have detailed the story of the book and doing it one more time would add nothing to this review.
Many, if not most True Crime stories, focus on a violent crime or series of violent crimes. The story of grisly murder or other violent crime is recounted and storyline consists... Read morePublished 32 minutes ago by Lance B. Hillsinger
What a terrific book! I had seen the movie several years ago, and then again a couple months ago and was so fascinated with the story I indulged in the book on Kiindle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelly L. Norman
I loved this book. It read. like a conspiracy with twists and turns so strange and unusual that kept me guessing. The plot would be unacceptable in a fiction book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia M. Springer
Mr. Eichenwald has performed a miracle in literature being able to gather all the evidence and storyline for a most complex white collar crime. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rich Zimmerman