Summary of The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide

A Handbook for Committing the Truth

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Whistleblowers travel a difficult and sometimes dangerous road. In their book, Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani teach you how to report corporate crime and protect yourself in the process. Dr. Jeffrey Wigand – the famous whistleblower whose scientific testimony severely damaged tobacco companies – suggests replacing the term “whistleblower” with “Person of Conscience.” No matter what you call them, whistleblowers often bravely sacrifice their careers, livelihoods, equanimity and sometimes even their physical well-being to reveal private or public malfeasance. While most companies are honest, research shows that half of all employees witness corporate misdeeds. However, 40% do not do anything about what they've learned. This permits miscreants to do tremendous harm to their companies and it deprives law enforcement of its most powerful weapon: "crime reports by individuals." getAbstract suggests this informative, case-filled book to would-be whistleblowers who need to learn how to safeguard themselves, and to corporate leaders who should know that “it is bad business to kill or silence the messenger.” And, of course, cheers to corporations that walk the straight and narrow, and needn’t fear the sound of the whistle blowing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What potential whistleblowers should consider before acting on their concerns,
  • How companies retaliate against whistleblowers and
  • How whistleblowers can protect themselves.


Jeff Wigand Versus the Tobacco Industry
In 1988, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand went to work as the director of research and development at the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation. He understood his job would be to help create a cigarette that would be less damaging to smokers’ health. But...
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About the Authors

Tom Devine is the legal director of the Government Accountability Project and a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame. Tarek F. Maassarani is a former Government Accountability Project investigator. He now teaches at the George Washington University.

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