Multcolib Homework Center Picks: Whistleblowers

Serpico DVD - 2002 DVD Drama SERPICO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Classic Al Pacino movie about police corruption in 1960's New York. Based on the life and near death of Frank Serpico.

The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener A Novel By Le Carré, John Book - 2004 FICTION LECARRE 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tessa Quayle, the wife of a British diplomat living in Nairobi, is trying to do good things when she is murdered. Her husband Justin starts looking for answers after her friend is found guilty of the crime. His search leads not to her friend but to a new TB drug. From a master of spies and conspiracy.

It's Our Turn to Eat
It's Our Turn to Eat The Story of A Kenyan Whistle-blower By Wrong, Michela Book - 2009 320.96762 W957i 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 2003 John Githongo holds the title of anti-corruption czar- and is a respected member of the newly and democratically elected government in Kenya. After discovering that the administration he is a part of is funneling money to supporters and tribal members, he is expected to play along. Instead he is on the run after exposing one of the country's largest scandals.

Blood Feud
Blood Feud The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever By Sharp, Kathleen Book - 2011 338.476153 S5318b 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Medical drugs do all sorts of great things- they stop pain and cure illness, most of the time. While trying to get as much as they can from a drug they created a pharmacy company lies, cheats and steals. Where is the line between a drug that cures and a product that sells?

The Echo From Dealey Plaza
The Echo From Dealey Plaza The True Story of the First African American on the White House Secret Service Detail and His Quest for Justice After the Assassination of JFK By Bolden, Abraham Book - 2008 363.2 B687e 2008

Annotation:Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden was proud when President Kennedy asked him to work at the White House. But once he is there he encounters racism, drinking and other bad behavior from other agents. Here he gives us a view into his world and into an often romanticized part of history.

The Whistleblower's Handbook
The Whistleblower's Handbook A Step-by-step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself By Kohn, Stephen M. Book - 2011 342.73068 K796w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Movies and tales are all well and good, but here's the information you will need if you find yourself having to decide how to do the right thing.

Open Secrets
Open Secrets WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy Book - 2011 323.445 O612 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sharing secrets has been around much longer than WikiLeaks. Here the time honored approach in the form of the New York Times investigates the newcomer WikiLeaks.

The Most Dangerous Man in the World
The Most Dangerous Man in the World How One Hacker Ended Corporate and Government Secrecy Forever By Fowler, Andrew Book - 2011 353.46 F7854m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:For someone in the business of sharing other people's business, there is a lot about Julian Assange that most of us don't know. No matter what you think of him there is no denying his effect on how we think about secrets. Does this tell all? Probably not, but it's a nice place to start

The Whistleblower
The Whistleblower DVD - 2012 DVD Drama WHISTLBLO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Another thriller from real events: We meet cop Kathryn Bolkovac who accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia. While there she discovers a human trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.

The Informant!
The Informant! DVD - 2010 DVD Comedy INFORMANT Available in some locations

Annotation:Our only comedy for the list, here is the story of a vice president of an agriculture business who turns whistleblower. The case hits some snags has he decides this his chance to play secret agent.

The Insider
The Insider DVD - 1999 DVD Drama INSIDER All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:After Jeffrey Wigand is fired from his job as a tobacco company executive he agrees to go on the legendary news show 60 minutes. Instead of a sensational story, informant and the reporter get caught in a tangled web of legal backlashes, self-censorship, and smears of their reputations.

Silkwood DVD - 2003 DVD Drama SILKWOOD

Annotation:Karen Silkwood was one of many locals working at a nuclear power plant and finds herself strangely radioactive. When she complains she is met with indifference and outright malice.


Stories and histories of whistleblowers