Multcolib Homework Center Picks: Whistleblowers
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.