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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.
Almost like two books I one, telling the story leading up to the indictments and there after. Could not stop reading toward the end.Published 2 days ago by Liz Pasternak
This is without doubt the worst book on which I have ever wasted my time. Fortunately it was an e-book so that I could quickly bypass hundreds of pages of meaningless meandering... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Fred Bearden
There are so many twists that this book is never boring. It is a great read.Published 7 days ago by Eliz.
Good insights into how corrupt some corporations are. Archer Daniels seems not to care about their customers and are only in business for the profits. Read morePublished 12 days ago by KWIK
This book reads like a great piece of fiction. If it weren't true, you would think that the author is just going too far fetched with his story. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bluefin Kev
Interesting story but really-really much too much prose. I literally skipped pages of words that were irrelevant and not necessary for the story. Who edited this work?Published 21 days ago by Donna Burt-McAliley
I have read other books by this authorand I have enjoyed them very much. His research and attention to detail makes him one of the best investigative journalists writing today!! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Robert B