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``Ethical Resisters'' are what the Glazers call people who, often at great risk, have made public the illegal or dangerous actions of their employers. Relying on interviews and well-documented research, they highlight little-known cases (a slaughterhouse employee who blew the whistle on systematic unsanitary conditions in USDA-supervised processing plants), as well widely publicized ones (including Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood). They show how these individuals, sustained by religious faith or professional commitment, fought often lonely battles against the system. Though parallels with 20th-century muckrakers are generally ignored, the Glazers effectively sketch the 1960s roots of whistleblowing, and they convincingly argue for the necessity of whistleblowers in a complex technological and bureaucratic world.-- Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego

"It is the first study that follows a large number of whistleblowers over time, the first to talk to spouses and the first to put individual cases in the context of a growing social movement dedicated to personal integrity and keeping organizations accountable". -- Boston Globe

Sixty-four employees who risked their careers, reputations and even their lives to expose incompetence and malfeasance in industry and government are celebrated in this engrossing chronicle by a Smith College professor of sociology and anthropology and his wife, professor of history at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. The authors cite examples of what these men and women achieved, including disclosure by NASA and Thiokol Company engineers of flaws in the Challenger shuttle design, Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers and the revelations of police corruption by Frank Serpico, a New York city police officer. Less known is the destructive impact of company retaliation on their lives, and the role played by families and other individuals and public interest groups who supported the whistleblowers morally, or defended them in the courts and in the press. By defying powerful businesses and bureaucracies guilty of crimes against the public, these ethical resistersprofessionals, blue- and white-collar workershave inspired an ongoing social movement dedicated to overseeing corporate and government accountability. (Mar.)

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