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Spooked: Espionage In Corporate America
Imagine your main business competitor building a world-class, satellite-equipped "war room" to secretly scope out and monitor your progress developing international ventures. Incredible? Imagine your classified product prototype mysteriously landing on the market under a brand name belonging to your archrival. Astounding? This isn't the story line from the latest John le C ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 6th 2000 by Basic Books
(first published January 30th 2000)
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Aug 26, 2017 Courtney rated it did not like it · review of another edition
I don't get the point of this book. It doesn't really cover the topic of corporate espionage in America. Instead it focuses on one particular case. Even by 2000 there were more and more interesting cases than the one about tape. Oh, and I don't need to be made a technical expert in the research and manufacture of tape in order to understand the theft of intellectual property. In some ways I think this book is like a failed literature review.
In early August 1989, a few days after submitting his dramatic sounding "Plan of Action," Lee shipped two separate parcels of materials to Four Pillars. In the first, he enclosed two rheology reports prepared by Avery senior research scientist Dr. E. P. Chang. The academic papers disclosed details about Avery Dennison's master curves, which are to adhesives what printing plates are to money or source code is to software - the keys to figuring out exactly an adhesive is formulated. This would be ...more
Though its narrative is a little meandering and hard to pin down, overall it is an interesting and 'sexy' read. I would have preferred a broader scope but I do understand the author's tactic of focusing on specific stories to draw his reader in. The jokes are a bit cheesy but serve to make light of a pretty shifty topic. Well done, but truly more entertaining than informative.
Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast Company, Forbes, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, Slate, Playboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg’s story was a watersh ...moreMore about Adam L. Penenberg...