Exposing Crime and Corruption

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Sex abuse. Government spying on civilians. Lying under oath. These aren’t the makings for crime novels—they’re real-life stories uncovered by whistle-blowers with knowledge of deep, dark secrets. In one headline-grabbing case, Edward Snowden, an information technology specialist, revealed unauthorized US government surveillance around the globe. In another, Kathryn Bolkovac, a United Nations International Police Force monitor, went public with the involvement of UN peacekeeping forces in sex trafficking in war-torn Bosnia. In the 1990s, Jeffrey Wigand, corporate vice president at cigarette manufacturer Brown & Williamson, went public with a report of the ways in which Big Tobacco was lying about the health risks of smoking. In earlier decades, a whistle-blower known only as Deep Throat helped Washington Post reporters track down a plot to bring down the Democratic Party during a presidential election season—a cover-up that went straight to the White House.

What drives whistle-blowers to go public with what they know? Is it ethical to breach confidentiality? What laws protect a whistle-blower? And what about the shattered lives that lie in the wake of exposing crime and corruption? Follow the complex stories behind intricate webs of deceit. Listen to whistle-blowers explain their motives. Then decide for yourself if it’s worth it to blow the whistle on crime and corruption.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN031000, YAN025230, YAN051250
Dewey 364.4'1
Dimensions 6 x 8.1875
Lexile 1160
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents



“Attractive page design and well-chosen color photos enhance the appeal of the clearly written text….This thought-provoking volume will fill a gap in many library collections.”―Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A keen challenge to received opinions for high schoolers to chew long and hard upon.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“…there are few other works that cover this topic. A useful purchase.” —School Library Journal

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.