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

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


By (author) Eamon Javers

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  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061697214
  • ISBN 13: 9780061697210
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 338,642

Product description

In this penetrating work of investigative and historical journalism, Eamon Javers explores the dangerous and combustible power spies hold over international business. Intelligence companies and the spies they employ are setting up fake Web sites to elicit information, trailing individuals and mirroring travel itineraries, Dumpster-diving in household and corporate trash, using ultra sophisticated satellite surveillance to spy on facilities, acting as impostors to take jobs within companies or to gain access to corporations, concocting elaborate schemes of fraud and deceit, and hacking e-mail and secure computer networks. The work of this industry can be ingenious, but it also raises crucial moral and legal questions in a world where global conflicts are as likely to be corporation versus corporation as they are to be nation versus nation. This globalized industry is not a recent phenomenon, but rather a continuation of a fascinating history. The story begins with Allan Pinkerton, the nation's first true private eye, and extends through the annals of a rich history that includes tycoons and playboys, presidents and FBI operatives, CEOs and accountants, Cold War veterans and military personnel. Built on exclusive reporting and unprecedented access, this book features accounts of Howard Hughes' private CIA, the extensive spying that took place in a battle between two global food companies, and interviews with some of the world's top corporate surveillance experts.

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Author information

Eamon Javers is a Washington reporter for CNBC, covering lobbying and regulatory affairs. He was previously a correspondent for Politico, where he covered the Obama White House and the economy. Earlier in his career, he was a Washington correspondent for Business Week magazine. In 2006, he received an investigative reporting award from the Medill School of Journalism for a story exposing how convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff had secretly paid columnists to write favourable stories about his clients. He is a graduate of Colgate University, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Maureen, and two children.

Review quote

"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."--Tucker Carlson