3 out of 4 stars
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Why Whistle-Blowers Hesitate by Robert D. Durrett is the author’s memoir, giving details about the challenges he faced as a whistle-blower. The author explains the events that caused him to become a whistle-blower, while he also describes the legal battle he fought for two years before he finally won his case against his former boss. The author writes in an informal, direct style, engaging the reader in the story.
The writer begins the memoir by describing his childhood experiences, such as his repeat of the first grade. The author learned that it is worth it to follow the law, as many unfortunate events occurred in his life, due to his disobedience towards the law. The author also explains how his upbringing and his Christian faith added a sense of stubbornness to his character that, which in turn helped him become a whistle-blower and win the legal battles. The writer also includes information about meeting his wife during a gathering in university and his love for her. Lastly, the author also writes about his battle against lymphoma, which led to his treatment and his cure.
The book contained numerous positive characteristics. More specifically, I liked the fact that the author utilized linguistic devices and narrative techniques, such as dialogue, which grasped the reader’s attention, giving the reader a clear image of the events unfolding in the story. The book was professionally edited, as I only found a single objective error in the entire text. What I liked most in this book was the fact that the writer followed a logical, coherent, and rational structure, allowing the reader to easily follow along the memoir.
Nevertheless, I also encountered a negative attribute in the text. Namely, what I disliked most was that the writer was repetitive in some cases, adding irrelevant details to the memoir, thereby giving the text a boring and monotonous mood.
This book is best suited for older, Christian readers that are whistle-blowers or are thinking of becoming whistle-blowers. Older readers will enjoy this book more, as they will relate to the author, who grew up during the 1940s. Christian readers will also enjoy this book, as the writer has added some Biblical verses in the book.
All in all, I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. I did not give this book a perfect rating because it was repetitive, monotonous, and boring in some cases, due to irrelevant details. However, a lower rating would have been unfair, as the author has created an original, interesting memoir.
Why Whistle-Blowers Hesitate
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