Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage

by Eamon Javers

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Overview

“Eamon Javers has produced a remarkable book about the secret world of business warfare—a world filled with corporate spies and covert ops and skullduggery… An important book that has the added pleasure of reading like a spy novel.” —David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

Award-winning reporter Eamon Javers’s Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy is a penetrating work of investigative and historical journalism about the evolution of corporate espionage, exploring the dangerous and combustible power spies hold over international business. From the birth of the Pinkertons to Howard Hughes, from presidents to Cold War spies, Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy is, like Legacy of Ashes and Blackwater, a first rate political thriller that also just happens to be true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061697210
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 668,674
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A Washington reporter for CNBC, Eamon Javers was previously a correspondent for Politico and a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek. The recipient of an award from the Medill School of Journalism for his investigative reporting, Javers has appeared on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 Code Name: Yucca 1

Part I From Bogus Island to Deep Chocolate

Chapter 2 A High and Honorable Calling 31

Chapter 3 For the Money 61

Chapter 4 The Man Is Gone 85

Chapter 5 Thug Busters 115

Chapter 6 The Chocolate War 137

Part II Techniques, Technologies, and Talent

Chapter 7 Tactical Behavior Assessment 173

Chapter 8 The Eddie Murphy Strategy 201

Chapter 9 Nick No-Name 221

Chapter 10 They're All Kind of Crazy 243

Chapter 11 Is This a Great Country, or What? 253

Epilogue In from the Cold 281

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 289

Index 295

What People are Saying About This

David Grann

“Eamon Javers has produced a remarkable book about the secret world of business warfare—a world filled with corporate spies and covert ops and skullduggery. This is an important book that has the added pleasure of reading like a spy novel.”

Tucker Carlson

“Turns out there are far more cloaks and quite a few more daggers in this country than most of us realized. That’s one of the many lessons of this terrific book. Eamon Javers is as talented a writer as he is a reporter. What a great read.”

Bill Moyers

“If only the mainstream press would follow Eamon Javers’ lead and expose the powerful saboteurs and predators of the corporate underworld, this would be a different country. But it’s not too late. Read this book and roll up your sleeves.”

John Stewart

“Stunning, revelatory.”

John F. Harris

“Eamon Javers is one of Washington’s best reporters. In Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy, he has told a wonderfully readable tale with great characters and high stakes, and the dubious practices by corporations and intelligence agents he exposes are going to ignite an important public debate.”

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Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not so many secrets. It turns out that lots of former CIA etc. employees (and even current CIA employees, due to a cozy little rule that lets them work on the side) are in the private investigation business and will trail people and go through their trash for the benefit of business competitors. For all the personal detail, there was very little insightful about what this access means, nor was there much in the way of tradecraft or revelations about specific secrets that had been discovered.
Patarma6 More than 1 year ago
The magnitude of the private intelligence and espionage is not really known to the general public. It is an industry where "knowledge" translates into millions of dollars for those involved in it, on both sides of the agreements and contracts.
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Anicetus Temba More than 1 year ago
The story telling and narratives are very informative
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Your competitors might be rummaging through your trash, eavesdropping on your conversations or studying satellite images of your properties. Corporate espionage is more common than you might imagine, writes journalist Eamon Javers in this intriguing study of commercial spying. He offers an impressively thorough study of its past and present, and he doesn't shy away from the thorny issues this sort of activity raises. Javers' use of court documents and his interviews with industry players create a well-rounded look at this little-noticed corner of capitalism. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone who enjoys a good spy story as well as to users and targets of corporate espionage. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.
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