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The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide

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The Government Accountability Project (GAP) 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. GAP Legal Director Tom Devine and former GAP investigator  Tarek F. Maassarani, co-authors of the book, summarize a decade-long under-the-radar legal revolution in corporate worker free speech rights.

The book can be ordered on the Berrett-Koehler website, or on

Praise for the book has been overwhelming. 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.

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; and available resources and help groups, just to name a few. The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide enables readers to bring vital information to light while keeping their sanity, relationships, and careers intact.


In November 2011, The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide was awarded the prestigious getAbstract International Business Book of the Year Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This prize seeks to honor books that have made a worldwide impact in business and economics.

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).

Reviews of the Book

Response to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. Just a few reviews include:

Library Journal: "VERDICT: This is an important (and cost-effective) book for libraries to own; it well covers a subject that, understandably, potential whistle-blowers may not want to look up on the Internet, particularly on their work computers."

Inter Press Service: "Packed with the pros and cons of different decisions, explanations of laws and their shortcomings, anecdotes - sometimes uplifting, sometimes not - and much practical advice, the "Guide", published in association with the Government Accountability Project (GAP), offers general information and technical guidance about the safest and most effective methods for exposing corporate wrongdoings."

Select Coverage of the Book

The Brian Lehrer Show (NPR): Survival Guide for Whistleblowers

The New York Post: Telling Tales

Praise & Recommendations from Whistleblowers & Their Advocates

Many high-profile whistleblowers and good government advocates have reviewed the book and hailed its importance for truth-tellers everywhere, including:

"The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide contains the Government Accountability Project's combined lessons learned over three decades of working with thousands of Persons of Conscience. Read it if you are an employee even thinking about becoming such a Person. Read it if you are an organizational leader wise enough to listen to messengers instead of silencing them. Anyone should read it to understand what it means to challenge abuses of power and what we risk when corporate secrecy and intimidation prevail."

-- Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, corporate tobacco whistleblower and subject of The Insider.

"The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide will be an immense help! For while there is no one-size-fits-all 'right answers,' the authors have effectively translated their decades of actual experience, insights, and resources in this field onto paper..."

-- Coleen Rowley, FBI 9/11 Whsitleblower and a 2002 Time Person of the Year

"...As commissioner, I relied on whistleblowers like Jeffrey Wigand to learn the inside story about the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry. Later I became a whistleblower ... The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide draws on GAP's vast experience to capture what happens when someone blows the whistle, and it distills it in plain English. I highly recommend it."

-- Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

"...Through guidance on making a decision, bringing the right information to the right people, and dealing with the media constructively, as well as explaining critical rights and limitations, Devine and Maassarani have created a guidebook that can make that difference -- not just for whistleblowers but also for all of us that benefit from their actions."

-- Susan Wood, former Director, FDA Office of Women's Health, who resigned to protest politically motivated delays in approving the Plan B "morning after" pill.

"Blowing the whistle is a life-altering experience. Taking the first step is the hardest, knowing that you can never turn back ... This handbook is required reading for anyone considering blowing the whistle."

-- Richard and Donna Parks, Three Mile Island cleanup whistleblower and wife

"My only hope is that we can spread the word so that all potential corporate whistleblowers read this before they take their first steps down that lonely road."

--Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight

About the Authors

Tom Devine has worked at GAP since January 1979. Mr. Devine has assisted thousands of whistleblowers in coming forward, making a difference, and defending themselves against retaliation. He has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 20 major national or international whistleblower laws, including every national one enacted over the last two decades. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, law review articles, and newspaper op-eds, and is a frequent expert commentator on television and radio talk shows. Mr. Devine is the recipient of the “Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award” and the “Defender of the Constitution Award” bestowed by the Fund for Constitutional Government. In 2006 he was inducted into the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.

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

Click here to read a blog from Devine and Maassarani about the book.

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