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Exposure

Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Michael Woodford’s autobiographical account, Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal, read by Roy McMillan.

Shortly after Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, his dream job turned into a nightmare. After discovering a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion, he turned to his fellow executives and within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world.

Woodford went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company. Exposure is a deeply personal memoir that reads like a thriller.

©2013 Michael Woodford (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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Great book about a brave man who risked everything to expose corruption in his own company

One of those true stories you hope will inspire others to blow the whistle on corruption in their workplace. Because nothing changes without people like Michael Woodford who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.

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The world needs more people like this

A truly staggering real life story about the perils of group think in corporate leadership. Well written.

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I really enjoyed it

It gave me a glimpse into Japanese society, the role of a CEO. I really enjoy following Michael's battle, fighting his way through all the evil, facing up to the odds, not giving up. It never the less added some insight to my mind as someone who has still yet to enter into the work force. Thanks both the writer and audio book for this opportunity.

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Well explained and shows the personal perspective

Slightly slower ending to explain all the details but overall very enjoyable and interesting listen.

Very happy I chose this book.

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  • 03-04-13

Intriguing insight into corporate Japan with gaps.

This is a an above average book, with fascinating insights into Japan's corporate culture. Worth having a listen - as it talks about Olympus's scandal or ie Japan's Enron as dubbed by the author.

But as reviewers externally have questioned - there were some questions that weren't clearly explored, if not answered (possibly due to legal issues), e.g. why Kikukawa et al, did a few things, and more insight into why Michael Woodford (MW) was scared about a threat to his life, but later on went back to Japan.

However, leaving those questions aside, its a unique insight into corporate Japan, particularly in the 2nd half of the book when the wheels start moving.

I guess, I'll have to be satisfied with the unsaid things that NW didn't say due to confidentiality, particularly around his aborted board challenge. In the end, it is the only known case and book about a real life whistleblower who was also the CEO/President of his company.