The GAP publication The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth, released this past April, has been awarded the prestigious getAbstract International Business Book of the Year Award at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. This prize seeks to honor books that have made a worldwide impact in business and economics. GAP Legal Director Tom Devine and former GAP Investigator Tarek Maassarani penned the book.
The guide prevailed in the face of much competition, as it was chosen from over 10,000 non-fiction books, and then selected from 10 finalists. getAbstract specializes in summarizing important business-related books in an effort to provide executives with the best of the latest business knowledge. As a winner, The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide represents one of the most innovative business books of 2011. Along with the honor of being chosen, Devine and Maassarani join the ranks of previous winners Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Black Swan, 2007), Robert Shiller (The New Financial Order, 2003), Benoît Mandelbrot (The (Mis)behavior of Markets, 2004) and Chris Anderson (The Long Tail, 2006).
Praise for the book has been overwhelming, as illustrated by the Library Journal's accolade of its "admirably pragmatic chapters," and conclusion that "this is an important (and cost-effective) book for libraries to own."
The book 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. The book summarizes a decade-long under-the-radar legal revolution in corporate worker free speech rights.
"We wrote this book as a chance to show 32 years of lessons learned so that whistleblowers can make more of a difference with less personal pain in the process, to accomplish more and suffer less," stated Devine. "In many cases, whistleblowers are treated like they've committed a crime. The people we're trying to help are individuals who use free speech rights to challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust. To me, this is freedom of speech when it really counts."
The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide was published in April 2011 by Berrett-Koehler to great reviews. This step-by-step guide details key information that potential business whistleblowers should know before, during, and after blowing the whistle. Drawing upon their years of direct experience, Devine and Maassarani catalog everything that novice whistleblowers need to know. Topics include:
- Introducing employees to their (new) rights, with references to continuing legal education for their counsel
- The legal campaign strategy that is essential to supplement lawsuits
- Key survival tips
- Typical retaliatory tactics
- Benefits for corporate leaders wise enough to listen to their messengers instead of silencing them
- "Ground rules" for effective partnerships between whistleblowers and citizen activists, politicians and the media
- Available resources and help groups
The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide enables readers to bring vital information to light while keeping their sanity, relationships, and careers intact.
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Government Accountability Project
The Government Accountability Project is the nation's leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, GAP's mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, GAP is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.