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Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage Paperback
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From the Back Cover
Today's global economy has a dark underbelly. Using cutting-edge technology and age-old techniques of deceit and manipulation, corporate spies are the hidden puppeteers of globalized business. They control markets, determine prices, influence corporate decisions, and manage the flow of data and information of some of the world's biggest conglomerates. In an age when international conflicts are as likely to be corporation versus corporation as they are to be nation versus nation, the actions of these remarkably efficient covert operatives raise a host of crucial—and frightening—moral and legal questions.
In his gripping, alarming exposé, Eamon Javers recounts the sordid history of this hidden world—from Allan Pinkerton, the nation's first "private eye," through Howard Hughes's private CIA, to the shocking realities of a vast modern-day spying network with tentacles reaching into virtually every corner of the globe.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Eamon Javers has produced a remarkable book about the secret world of business warfare—a world filled with corporate spies and covert ops and skullduggery. This is an important book that has the added pleasure of reading like a spy novel.” (David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z )
“Eamon Javers is one of Washington’s best reporters. In Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy, he has told a wonderfully readable tale with great characters and high stakes, and the dubious practices by corporations and intelligence agents he exposes are going to ignite an important public debate.” (John F. Harris, author of The Survivor )
“If only the mainstream press would follow Eamon Javers’ lead and expose the powerful saboteurs and predators of the corporate underworld, this would be a different country. But it’s not too late. Read this book and roll up your sleeves.” (Bill Moyers )
“Turns out there are far more cloaks and quite a few more daggers in this country than most of us realized. That’s one of the many lessons of this terrific book. Eamon Javers is as talented a writer as he is a reporter. What a great read.” (Tucker Carlson )
“This is a must-read, excellent book.” (Booklist )
“From early wiretaps to the use of satellites, the author expertly explains how spies help clients sabotage corporate competitors or buy and sell stocks based on expected fluctuations in the price of corn.” (Publishers Weekly )
“Stunning, revelatory.” (John Stewart, The Daily Show ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Ultimately where this book fails is in its presentation - There are just too many pronouns and too many back-and-forth hops in time. Also the book does not know whether it is supposed to be an entertaining read, an infomercial, a reference, or an essay. From chapter to chapter your idea of what the book is supposed to be will change. One thing for sure though is that at the end of the book (last 20%) you feel that the authour just gave up - The last part of the book is just a data dump of a few stories that I suppose the authour could not fit into the framework of the previous chapters. The stangest part of all is the ending where the authour goes all public-service and suggests that the corporate spy industry needs to be regulated - Not that I disagree or agree with the statement, it is just another one of those points in the book where you are still confused about what the book is supposed to be.
After completing the book my first thought was this book could just be a script for a TV documentary - A one or two hour special on some news channel. Not worth the 12 bucks I paid but if you see it for half that price it may be worth a read to be lightly informed about the world of corporate espionage.
I hoped it would prove illuminating but it simply told me what I expected--that big companies with lots of money at stake use private detectives to learn what their competitors are doing. Duh.
Not surprisingly, folks from places like the CIA retire or leave and end up working in these private security firms. Sometimes they cross the line, like they did at HP several years ago. Others are a bit more ethical.