[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev]
Wendell Potter, Host:
The only problem I have with Stephen Martin Kohn’s new book, The Whistleblower’s Handbook, is that it hadn’t been published when I was trying to decide two years ago whether or not to take the risk of speaking out against the health insurance industry.
As 60 Minutes Senior Producer Michael Radutzky wrote in a blurb about the book: “Whistleblowers should do two things: call us at 60 Minutes and read ‘The Whistleblower’s Handbook.’ Its 21 rules lay out the game plan for holding institutions accountable while protecting your job.”
No one is better qualified than Steve to write this essential book, which is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. He is one of the leading whistleblower attorneys in the United States and is the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington. Since 1984 he has successfully represented numerous nationally recognized whistleblowers and has written several other books on the subject.
In the Whistleblower’s Handbook, Steve explains what every potential truth-teller needs to know—from finding the best federal and state laws to understanding the far-reaching Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 and to being very wary of trusting internal corporate “hotlines” to report fraudulent or illegal activities.
As Steve notes, ignorance of the proper steps to expose wrongdoing too often leads to silence, lost court cases, public embarrassment, and a failure to effect real change. But when done right, whistleblowing has strengthened democracy, protected the environment, and saved taxpayers and investors billions of dollars. Modern whistleblower laws have created a powerful tool for effective grassroots participation.
I’m looking forward to hosting this evening’s salon with Steve and asking him a few questions of my own.