Whistleblowers: Honesty In America From Washington To Trump by Allison StangerWhistleblowers: Honesty In America From Washington To Trump by Allison Stanger

Whistleblowers: Honesty In America From Washington To Trump

byAllison Stanger

Hardcover | September 24, 2019

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A magisterial exploration of whistleblowing in America, from the Revolutionary War to the Trump era

Misconduct by those in high places is always dangerous to reveal. Whistleblowers thus face conflicting impulses: by challenging and exposing transgressions by the powerful, they perform a vital public service; yet they always suffer for it. This episodic history brings to light how whistleblowing, an important but unrecognized cousin of civil disobedience, has held powerful elites accountable in America.

Analyzing a range of whistleblowing episodes, from the corrupt Revolutionary War commodore Esek Hopkins (whose dismissal led to the first whistleblower protection law in 1778) to Edward Snowden to the dishonesty of Donald Trump, author and scholar Allison Stanger reveals the centrality of whistleblowing to the health of American democracy. She also shows that with changing technology and increasing militarization, the exposure of misconduct has grown more difficult to do and more personally costly for those who do it—yet American freedom, especially today, depends on it.
Allison Stanger is Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, New America Cybersecurity Fellow, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author of One Nation Under Contract.   
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Title:Whistleblowers: Honesty In America From Washington To TrumpFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.06 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 1.06 inPublished:September 24, 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300186886

ISBN - 13:9780300186888

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A magisterial exploration of whistleblowing in America, from the Revolutionary War to the Trump era Misconduct by those in high places is always dangerous to reveal. Whistleblowers thus face conflicting impulses: by challenging and exposing transgressions by the powerful, they perform a vital public service—yet they always suffer for it. This episodic history brings to light how whistleblowing, an important but unrecognized cousin of civil disobedience, has held powerful elites accountable in America.   Analyzing a range of whistleblowing episodes, from the corrupt Revolutionary War commodore Esek Hopkins (whose dismissal led in 1778 to the first whistleblower protection law) to Edward Snowden, to the dishonesty of Donald Trump, Allison Stanger reveals the centrality of whistleblowing to the health of American democracy. She also shows that with changing technology and increasing militarization, the exposure of misconduct has grown more difficult to do and more personally costly for those who do it—yet American freedom, especially today, depends on it.

Editorial Reviews

"This clear-eyed, sobering book narrates a history of whistle-blowing, from the American Revolution to Snowden to Comey, and delivers the verdict that the republic is at risk—a must read."—Danielle Allen, author of Our Declaration