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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.
good true story,about research chief of ADM,how he takes bribes and help fix prices.Informant gets more time than ADM stooge running the fixPublished 10 hours ago by Lonnie W. Morris Jr.
Midway through The Informant I found myself thinking if this was a novel I’d discard the premise as over convoluted and utterly unbelievable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kavan
informative but points out how unethical large US corporations can be.Published 22 days ago by Fred Bates
excellent true story. Very well told, even though I knew the ending, it still kept my interest.Published 23 days ago by marcia wilkinson
great story... a little slow at times but kept my interest for the most part..Published 24 days ago by stephanie
The book made me wonder about what really goes on in the business world. Kind of scary.Published 26 days ago by Robert I. Biederwolf
I didn't really enjoy this book. It didn't keep me interested.Published 26 days ago by Sandra Martin