Tom MacWright

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I read Whistleblower by Susan Fowler on

Review

Whistleblower is a book-sized expansion of Susan Fowler’s essay, Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber, combined with a memoir. It’s another assurance that however bad you think Uber is, it’s worse.

The writing is plain and fine and there’s just enough material to write a memoir – Fowler was 29 at the book’s release. It’s a very interesting and important story, but I don’t know if it works well as a memoir – or a book, for that matter. The succinctness of the original blog post is lost, replaced by detailed storytelling and some personal stories, but it’s rather light on analysis, pacing, and other elements that would make it work as a longer piece.

It’s a pretty okay book, but if you want to understand her experience at Uber, the blog post really covers all the bases.

Details

  • Whistleblower by
  • ISBN: 0525560122 (look up with WorldCat or Open Library)
  • Published:
  • Publisher: Viking