WorldCom whistleblower tells all in good-girl-gone-bad-then-finds-the-light story, or “Blowing the Whistle on Cynthia Cooper”
The new book, “Extraordinary Circumstances” by Cynthia Cooper, a TIME magazine Woman of the Year who helped blow the whistle on Bernie Ebbers’ WorldCom house of cards, is officially released today by Wiley. And it’s already stirring a heated debated in the CPA universe.
Cooper was barely out of college when she went to work for Bernie Ebbers. She was young, naive and credulous — exactly the wrong kind of person you’d want to see working in internal audit. Perhaps that’s why Ebbers took a shine to her. So the real lesson is: Auditing is for grow-ups. Don’t trust anyone under 30.
You’ll learn more about the banality of evil than about clever accounting tricks. That alone makes it a good moral lesson. And a good read. Don’t wait for the movie. READ MORE →