Revenge to Riches? 5 Ex-Employees' Scandalous Books
When Greg Smith published his rant against former employer Goldman Sachs in The New York Times, a lot of people twittered that he was probably sitting on, or soon to be sitting on, a book deal of epic proportions.
Well, Smith (pictured at left) just got a book deal of epic proportions.
Publishing house Grand Central has allegedly given Smith $1.5 million -- three times his previous annual Goldman salary -- to turn his tale into a glossy, chaptered affair. Smith certainly isn't the first guy to expose a former employer for $14.99 a pop on Amazon.
But if you're thinking this might be a good way to fill your coffers, keep in mind that these authors often spend a good chunk of their advances on lawyers' fees. Employers tend not to look kindly on such books.
That's why some disgruntled ex-employees prefer to lay a thin facade of fiction on top, like Lauren Weisberger in her novel, "The Devil Wears Prada."
But tell-all books are also free speech at its best. It's always nice to know that if your boss is that terrible, your execs that corrupt, and your co-workers that incompetent, you can turn it into a vacation paperback. At least if you work for a company that the country loves to love or loves to hate.
Here are 5 other classics in the turncoat canon.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin. Follow Claire on Twitter. Email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Add Claire to your Google+ circles.more...