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Rats in the Grain

Rats in the Grain

The Dirty Tricks and Trials of Archer Daniels Midland, the Supermarket to the World
January 2002
Trade Paperback · 432 Pages
$24.00 U.S. · $30.50 CAN · £15.99 U.K. · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781568582184
Basic Books


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Beneath the wholesome image of Archer Daniels Midland lie some of the dirtiest practices in American business: price-fixing, bribery, and cover-ups. Unfolding like a legal thriller, Rats in the Grain portrays the crime and punishment of ADM during the largest white-collar criminal trial of the 1990s. James Lieber profiles the witnesses, the defense lawyers and federal prosecutors, the inner workings of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, and the unpredictable mole Lieber had access to. "A detailed account of how an influential corporation can go rotten." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

James B. Lieber is the author of Friendly Takeover: How an Employee Buyout Saved a Steel Town. He lives in Pittsburgh.