Dimensions:9.34in x 6.27 x 0.95 in | 0.99 lb
Page Count:272 pages
ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT FACES OF #METOO: At the end of 2017, Susan appeared on the cover of Time’s 2017 Person of the Year issue as one of the “Silence Breakers” at the forefront of the #MeToo movement. Her name has become synonymous with the need to change Silicon Valley’s work culture and appears in articles almost daily.
MAJOR MEDIA POTENTIAL: Since going public with her story, Fowler has received hundreds of media inquiries, including morning TV shows and NPR. To date, she has given just one interview: to Maureen Dowd of The New York Times.
AUTHOR PLATFORM: Now the technology Op-Ed editor for The New York Times, Susan’s writing has appeared in the Times and Vanity Fair. She has a large and influential social media following, including over 47,000 followers on Twitter.
MOVIE IN THE WORKS: Rights to a film being described as “Erin Brockovitch meets The Social Network” were optioned by Good Universe (a divison of Lionsgate), with Hidden Figures screenwriter Allison Schroeder attached to write.
NEW DETAILS: The book contains many new and shocking details from Susan’s time at Uber, as well as the company’s actions in the aftermath of her blog post.
WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Susan’s story will also hold appeal for readers interested in stories of women in the sciences such as Lab Girl.
“Sharp and engrossing . . . A powerful illustration of the obstacles our society continues to throw up in the paths of ambitious young women, and the ways that institutions still protect and enable badly behaving men.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“This is not just a book for people interested in the culture of Silicon Valley. Like all the best books, it delivers the reader into a fully drawn world she may never have imagined . . . At times it reads like a spy thriller, at others like a satire of what might happen when corporate overlords go unchecked . . . It is not just a book about harassment or inequality; it is the story of a woman navigating a world that would rather not deal with her . . . The details around her experience at Uber are the sizzle; Fowler’s own story is the steak. She’s an unlikely hero, unconnected, anachronistic and almost irritatingly admirable, a woman blessed with unending curiosity and an exceptional facility to learn. That she became a whistle-blower and a pioneer of a social movement almost seems inevitable once you get to know her. Uber should have seen her coming.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Gut-wrenching . . . An intimate first-person account that doubles as a warning . . . [Whistleblower is] the story of how Fowler’s life was shaped by her time at Uber—but a story, too, of her fight for a life that would not succumb to the company’s influence . . . Fowler’s story—her full story—is the indictment. That is what gives Whistleblower its power.”
“It’s easy to focus on what happened to Fowler . . . But in her new memoir, Fowler makes a dedicated plea for you to focus, instead, on what she did about it . . . [Whistleblower] does provide more eyebrow-raising details about just how hostile and chaotic Uber's workplace was. But Fowler is much more interested in unpacking how—and why—she responded by going public . . . This memoir is a bit of a how-to book, too, with some take-home lessons for anyone discouraged by a hostile workplace.”
“[An] earnest retelling of one woman’s effort to go to school and do her job in environments that were actively hostile to her existence and well-being . . . One can only imagine the alternate reality in which Fowler and her ilk were the ones hailed as geniuses and given all the money in this world to build a better one.”
—The Washington Post
“[Whistleblower] broadens the view beyond Uber, offering a clear-eyed exploration of what workplace sexual discrimination looks like, why it’s so toxic and how it destroys ambitions, careers and lives.”
“[D]espite the title of her book, Fowler defies one-word labels. She is a musician, a writer, a physicist, a philosopher . . . Less the story of how Fowler became a victim, Whistleblower is more of a guide to how she became a hero . . . Though [the] lessons are universal, Fowler’s account is intensely personal . . . She paints a picture of a ferociously independent and determined person.”
“There’s a good case that Uber would still have its notoriously toxic workplace culture were it not for Susan Fowler . . . Whistleblower fills us in on how junior white-collar employees struggled to keep the culture [the CEO] instilled from threatening their sanity, and how one of them was eventually able to tear it down.”
“Whistleblower . . . promises to start a new conflagration of its own. This time, the system being indicted is not Uber, or even Silicon Valley more broadly, but the entire American patriarchy...American society did its very best to prevent her from succeeding. Her life, and this book, represents her triumph over almost inconceivable odds.”
“[Whistleblower] shows the importance of having people who are of strong character, who are willing to stand up to some of the things they see going wrong at these companies and speak up about them.”