Forthcoming October 1st, 2019: We live in a time of mind-boggling corruption. We also live in a golden age of whistleblowing. Over the past two decades, the brave insiders who act to expose wrongdoing have gained unprecedented legal and social stature, emerging as the government’s best weapon against corporate misconduct–and the citizenry’s best defense against government gone bad. Whistleblowers force us to confront fundamental questions about the balance between free speech and state secrecy, and between individual rights and corporate power.
In Crisis of Conscience, Tom Mueller traces the rise of whistleblowing through a series of riveting cases drawn from the worlds of Big Pharma and health care, the military, finance, and government. Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than two hundred whistleblowers and the trailblazing lawyers who arm them for battle–plus politicians, intelligence analysts, government watchdogs, cognitive scientists, and other experts–he anatomizes what inspires some to speak out while the rest of us avert our eyes. Whistleblowers, we come to see, are the freethinking citizens on whom our republic was conceived. And they are the models we must emulate if our democracy is to survive.
A New York Times best-selling culinary, cultural and criminal history of olive oil, one of the world's most marvellous and murky substances.
Truth in Olive Oil: I recently, regretfully, wound up this website. For people searching for its resources, exposés, lists of great producers etc, everything can still be found at a number of snapshots on the magical Wayback Machine, eg here.
Extra Virginity has also been published in Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Finnish, and other languages are forthcoming.
How computer programs are changing chess. (Photo by Peter Rigaud.)
Below the high altar of St. Peter's, investigators have found sheep bones, ox bones, pig bones, and the complete skeleton of a mouse. Was Peter himself ever there? Read article here.
(Image credit: "Plan of the Necropolis" by digitalisiert von Mogadir - Pietro Zander; Fabbrica di San Pietro (Hrsg.): The Necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.2010, ISBN 978-88-7369-081-8.. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.)
A good way to study ancient Rome is to explore the cellars -- and subcellars -- of modern Rome. Read article here.
Smithsonian: Renaissance CSI
Inside a lab in Pisa, forensics pathologist Gino Fornaciari and his team investigate 500-year-old cold cases. Read article here. (Photo by Dave Yoder.)
Smithsonian: Under the Coliseum
Heinz-Jürgen Beste decodes the labyrinth of passages, rooms and lifts beneath the floor ofthe Coliseum. Read article here. (Photo by Dave Yoder.)