Tom Mueller



Tom Mueller is a New York Times-bestselling author whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere.  He has reported from 22 countries on a wide range of topics, with recent emphasis on fraud and institutional corruption. He has also been interviewed on 60 Minutes, Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Amanpour & Company (PBS), Jake Tapper (CNN), the New York Times, and elsewhere.  His most recent book is Crisis of Conscience:  Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud, published by Atlantic Books in the UK ( and by Penguin Random House in the US (  This work, the result of 7 years of research and reporting and over 200 interviews with whistleblowers, traces the rise of whistleblowing as a legal and social phenomenon.  It also explores the societal, economic and psychological drivers of whistleblowing, which include institutional corruption, revolving door and other extreme conflict of interest situations, the cult of secrecy and the psychoactive nature of money.  His previous non-fiction book, Extra Virginity, is a cultural, economic, synaesthetic and criminal history of olive oil, published by W W Norton.

Mueller was educated at Oxford (DPhil, Rhodes Scholar), Harvard (BA, summa cum laude), and at Alief Hastings High School in rural east Texas. He also studied classical guitar in Seville, Spain, and in the early 1990s worked as an associate in M&A at Goldman Sachs in their London and Frankfurt offices.