Revenge to Riches? 5 Ex-Employees' Scandalous Books

Greg SmithWhen 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.

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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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Those Quit My Job Goldman Sachs Blues


Claire Gordon

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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.

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aisha200bc

Pregnancy is not a disease, in fact only healthy and normal women gets pregnant, so it should not be considered as a health problem to any woman. Turning from pro health for women into anti abortion is a great attempt. At least she realized at some moment of her life. All those who do not wish to have a child can use preventive methods, but abortion is one of the most hateful act in fact the highest among the sins.

April 03 2012 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MZZTLOVE

IT IS NICE TO SEE SOMEONE MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY GETTING OUT OF THE FEAR OF TELLING WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN THE WORKPLACE... FROM DISCRIMINATION TO ENCRIMINATION, SOME EMPLOYERS MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING THERE WON'T SOMETHING THAT COMES BACK TO BITE THEM SOMETIME.. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AUTHOR OR AUTHOR'S THINK I WILL FOLLOW SUIT AND RESEARCH HOW TO TELL ON MY OWN EMPLOYER AND FORMER EMPLOYER

April 02 2012 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Freethinker

As Sherrie said Amoebae recoil from unfamiliar/unpleasant stimuli. So do some plants.
She is correct. It can be proven in a petrie dish at any time. She didn't mention abortion at all.
Below her, Sharon accuses Sherrie of being on the wrong side (?) One is science--period.
Sharon apparently didn't bother to read the post.

April 02 2012 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillsCatz

Might as well give it a shot, he's definitely all washed up in the financial fields. Couldn't get a job as assistant book-keeper in Bugtussle after all this. LOL

April 02 2012 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Drag

anything people can do to make a buck at someone else's expense

April 02 2012 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sharon

Sherrie----that is so cold. Where does anyone begin with someone who hasn't a heart? My heart is so heavy for your kind as I do believe you REALLY believe you're on the right side, but you are NOT.

April 02 2012 at 5:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Sherrie

(Sigh) Amoebae recoil from unfamiliar/unpleasant stimuli. So do some plants.

April 02 2012 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MyArtsyBits

You're the same type of uneducated people who condoned the partial birth abortions, and attempted to justify it on every level, the same as you still do now for other types of abortions. Dispicable, and revolting.

April 02 2012 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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allenmike1914

You say she's "uneducated?" Where did you learn to spell "despicable?"

August 29 2012 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
thewoodens1

Okay, so as I read this, the author had two abortions before she "saw the light" You stimulate a zygote and it "reacts" and therefore is a viable, real human being. Look up a zygote of a horse, pig, human or any other form of mammal on the planet and I defy you to tell them apart. Just sayin'

April 02 2012 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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