The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald


  • October 25, 1993, Irvine California
    In a meeting between executives of ADM and Ajinomoto, the two sides begin illegally dividing up the market for a product they produce.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 1.5mb)
  • October 25, 1993, Irvine
    Concerned that one of his secret recording devices is making a noise, Mark Whitacre, the cooperating witness with the FBI, checks it in the middle of the group.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 2.3mb)
  • October 25, 1993, Irvine
    The two sides start hammering out a final deal that they hope the other competitors will accept.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 1mb)
  • March 10, 1994, Hawaii
    During an illegal meeting, a fake agenda for a bogus industry association is handed out. The executives discuss how this can be used as cover for their illicit activities.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 1.9mb)
  • March 10, 1994, Hawaii
    All of the companies agree for the first time on how to split the market between them.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 1.8mb)
  • March 10, 1994, Hawaii
    Terry Wilson of ADM explains to the assembled executives that their customers are not their friends, their competitors are.
    (Quicktime movie - File size: 1.6mb)


Dwayne Andreas. From humble beginnings as the fourth son of an Iowa farm family, he parlayed political contributions into influence that reached governments around the world.

Photo: Phil Jacobs/Decatur Herald & Review

Mark Whitacre. A golden-boy executive whose admissions to the FBI set off a global investigation, he alternated between reluctance and enthusiasm in his cooperation.

Photo: Charles Osgood/Chicago Tribune

Ginger Whitacre. She urged her husband Mark to tell the FBI about the corporate conspiracies, threatening to disclose the wrongdoing herself if he resisted.

Michael "Mick" Andreas. The ADM vice-chairman seemed sure to take the reins of the company from his father, Dwayne, until his own criminal activity was discovered. Photo: Associated Press

Brian Shepard. At first concerned about being the case agent for the sprawling investigation, he became Whitacre's primary FBI handler for almost three years.

Photo: Kelly J. Huff

Robert Herndon. A young FBI Special Agent with a background in white-collar cases, he became an expert on the secret recordings from Harvest King.

Photo: Roy Inman

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The Informant
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Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
On Sale: Aug 11, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-07679-3125-0

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