Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide released


The Government Accountability Project is proud to announce the release of the single most comprehensive publication ever created about corporate whistleblowing, The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth. Published by Berrett-Koehler, this step-by-step guide details key information that potential business whistleblowers should know before, during, and after blowing the whistle. 

The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth, by Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani, with a Foreword by tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand.

From Erin Brockovich to Enron, whistleblowers who “challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust” have proven to be an unfortunate necessity in modern business culture. Their efforts to report crimes, fraud, and dangers to public health and safety have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars of shareholder value – and had we heeded the warnings of whistleblowers, perhaps disasters such as the Bernie Madoff scandal and the Lehman Brothers meltdown could have been averted.

Recent federal legislation in finance and health reform have cemented legal protections and mechanisms for whistleblowing. This book provides a thorough guide and history to the whistleblower’s legal rights. The ultimate survival guide, it provides advice on getting help and finding allies, warns that retaliation is often the reward for “committing the truth” and shows how to weather the storm. With extensive legal texts, sample letters, resources, and information on upcoming whistleblower reforms, this is the ultimate source on the subject.

Topics include:

whistleblowing strategies that have proved successful;

common pitfalls;

key survival tips;

typical retaliatory tactics;

working with the media;

available resources and help groups; and

current legal protections,

just to name a few.

Many high-profile whistleblowers and good government advocates have reviewed the book and hailed its importance for truth-tellers everywhere. The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide is filled with essential tips for navigating every step of the whistleblowing process — from detailing what individuals should do if they are simply considering taking action to expose wrongdoing, to navigating the storm of retaliation that inevitably follows.

From the book cover:

A beacon, a buoy, and a life jacket complete with instructions on how to stay afloat, navigate, and survive the turbulent, shark-infested waters of today’s greedy and corrupt corporate world.

— Frank Serpico, legendary NYPD whistleblower

Shows how to successfully blow the whistle and plot a course to save or salvage one’s career, and offers experience and testimonies that just might safeguard one’s sanity and personal life.

— Sherron Watkins, former Vice President, Enron, and a 2002 Time Person of the Year

A crucial guide … [It] will help … whistleblowers in plotting a rational strategy, considering the ramifications, and making a decision.

— Shayrl Attkisson, CBS News Investigative Correspondent

Tom Devine (Co-author) is legal director of the Government Accountability Project, where he has worked to assist thousands of whistleblowers to come forward. He has been involved in the all of the campaigns to pass or defend major whistleblower laws over the last two decades. Since 1977 he has helped more than 5,000 people take on organizations like AIG, Bechtel, the World Bank, Procter & Gamble, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals – and win. He has received the Fund for Constitutional Government’s Defender of the Constitution Award and is a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.

Tarek Maassarani (Co-author) is a practicing attorney and a former litigator with the Government Accountability Project. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching in the areas of nonviolent communication and human rights.

Dr. Jeffrey Wigand (Foreword) is a former tobacco industry whistleblower who achieved national recognition in 1995 when he was the highest ranking former executive to address public health and smoking issues. He was the subject of the film The Insider. He now works to combat teen tobacco use through his nonprofit organization, Smoke-Free Kids.

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Founded in 1977, its mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists.  

Climate Science Watch is a sponsored project of GAP.

Earlier posts:

Government Whistleblower Protection: the Long Ignored Way to Better Connect the Dots


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1 Response to Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide released

  1. Mark Galen says:

    Who needs whistleblowers? We all do.

    Whistleblowers, aka “Insiders”, aka “Persons of Conscience” are the only people who can alert the public when a disaster is coming, or we are being ripped off, or banks are going to meltdown, or oils spills are likely, or healthcare is substandard, or elections are not fair. The founding fathers knew we needed whistleblowers to sound the alarm. Paul Revere is often called the Patron founder of whistleblowers- because he sounded the alarm that the redcoats are coming. Now, modern day Paul Reveres have a new handbook, one that is sorely needed, thanks to two icons of the POC-whistleblowing movement-Tom Devine and Jeff Wigand.

    Insiders can save our country big. . A huge number of the decades disasters could have been prevented if insiders had been listened to. This book gives an incredible and realistic guide to what it is like to be a POC-whistleblower. Jeff Wigand is a prime example of “a happy warrior” who fights to save kids from tobacco, saving millions of lives. Wigand made a huge sacrifice, and he does it without counting the personal cost. His personal example has inspired thousands of persons to do the right thing. Tom Devine has made a life mission to protect the Wigands of the world. These two icons personify the movement.

    POC-whistleblowers are a lot like submariners- we are a silent service. I wish I could write this review under my own name, and reveal how much Devine’s first survival book changed my life. I would have been toast without it. No one realizes how daunting it is to face a huge corporation until you are in the middle, too far in to get out. There was a whole skyscraper full of lawyers wanting my hide. Somehow, I bluffed my way into Tom Devine’s office as a desperate hail Mary, and he gave me the early survival guide. It told me exactly what to do, and how to survive. I walked out of Devine’s office and totally turned the situation around, and achieved a victory. So, I can attest that his book saved at least one POC-whistleblower. From then on, I handed out copies of his book to anyone in such a situation. This new book takes his message to a whole new level. Not only should all POC-whistleblowers read the book, but all citizens and leaders interested in getting the best for our country. Devine is not just the legal director of GAP, he is also the head of “The Make it Safe” coalition. Every single US citizen, and every person globally, has an interest in safe healthcare, safe products, national safety. Everyone needs to know what is at stake. So buy this book now!

    History is littered with fallen nations who failed to listen to whistleblowers. Thousands of kings would have lived longer if they didn’t shoot the messenger! Had Hamurabi made protection of whistleblowers part the law, Babylon would still rule. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair. Nothing else remains of that colossal wreck- because no whistleblowers lived. Ignorant armies continue to clash by night on a darkling plain- because they did not have Devine’s book.

    All that remains of Ceasar is his salad.

    Whistleblowers have proven to be the most effective way to reduce deficits. Abraham Lincoln enacted the first WB protection laws to win the civil war, and to reduce his deficit. Ronald Reagan strengthened the Lincoln laws to end waste, fraud and abuse in govt. Harry Markopolous tried to prevent the banking meltdown. The Semmelweis society is trying to prevent a meltdown of the 17% of our economy that goes to medical care. Jeffrey Wigand prevented trillions of dollars of healthcare costs in his crusade to end smoking.

    Think of a world where Enron had been prevented. Where the FBI had stopped 9/11. Where the Challenger had not blown up. Prevention saves trillions. Devine’s book could have created such a world. So, he’s selling it pretty cheap for under 20 dollars.

    One Insider could have told the world that there were no WMD in Iraq. The Trojan war destroyed the Trojans, but also destroyed the Greeks. If only they had listened to the quintessential whistleblower, Cassandra! Too bad that Achilles had not read the survival guide and listened to what Cassandra said!

    Another icon of the movement, Senator Grassley keeps saying that whistleblowers are treated like skunks at a picnic. But, if Congress reads this book, it could all change! We could all come out smelling like a rose garden!

    The highest recommendation I can give Devine’s books is that they work. If I could send one to every Congress person I would. I’d send it to every news editor, and every citizen contemplating doing the right thing.

    This book can save your rear end. Buy it!

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