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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.
Scary and true. Reads like a spy novel, becaise, it is a spy novel about food. Wonderful read.Published 2 days ago by Jim Locke
The thousands and thousands of irrelevant and uninteresting details in this book convinced me that the author was thinking more about the possibility of a film than he was in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ellen
It is an excellent book offering eye opening information and facts.
There were hundreds of facts and names of various characters to keep
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This book was exciting and detailed and always kept me on the edge and thinking what's nextPublished 22 days ago by Nelson N. Peck Jr.
Very detailed and obviously well researched. A good read if you like the premise of industrial espionage/ corporate malpractice...Published 28 days ago by AIDAN O SULLIVAN
There were too many characters to keep straight, too much detail.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Beneviat
Was an entertaining read and kept me interested all the way. Had to keep reminding myself that this was a true life story and not a fictional talePublished 1 month ago by Paul Fenwick
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 1 month ago by Lance B. Hillsinger