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Disclosure by Michael Crichton

Disclosure (original 1993; edition 1994)

by Michael Crichton

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Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Arrow (1994), Paperback, 456 pages
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Disclosure by Michael Crichton (1993)



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Book is about office politics and sexual harassment...based on real story. Both heroes and villains are believable. And, it's about high tech 20 years ago. I saw the movie about 10 years ago and thought that I recalled the plot--but it was different than I recall...better. In my opinion, the theme/lesson is that anyone can throw out the sexual harassment flag, is instantly believed, and it shouldn't be so. ( )
1 vote buffalogr | Dec 12, 2014 |
Excellent reading. Just shows what can happen in the wokforce. Sexual behaviour can be used as a powerful weapon of control. Female bosses can be just as devious as Male bosses. Great story! ( )
  nilbett | Oct 30, 2014 |
Perhaps it was because it was based on a true story; perhaps it was because it was a Crichton book; or perhaps it was because it was a story set in a "High Tech" world written 20 years ago where the internet was still an abstract idea to many people. One thing is for sure, however, this book is one of those rarities where it can not be put down because the character is facing real life decisions and he may not win in the end.

Contrary to many other books where the main character finds himself in danger, Disclosure actually presents a story where the main character could either come out on top or be completely sacked and left with zilch. Our story begins with Tom Sanders, just a normal guy working as a division head at a tech company manufacturing CD-ROM players...the pinnacle of technology at the time! Equipped with his "cellular" phone that has enough memory to hold 200 numbers, his office which still talks about storing data on fiche as well as putting vast amounts of data on tapes, and a virtual environment sim that allows users to "walk" through a database and dig through files, this book is certainly dated. But it is truly fascinating to see how big tech firms were 20 years ago and what kinds of strategies and where they all thought technology would lead. Some was dead on, others was comical.

At the heart of this story is sexual harassment. Surrounding this is a combination of two companies trying to merge, production delays caused by out of spec parts, and the general hysteria caused by a larger merger. What makes this story all the better, is that it is a role reversal where the female supervisor assaults a male subordinate. As the female, Meredith Johnson claims it is the other way and has the full backing of her company. Tom has to fight for his everything as he is backed into a corner since harassment cases are treated as hot potatoes.

What keeps this story moving very briskly is Crichton's own writing style. Mix in a very interesting spread of tech issues, personal relationships, and underlying motives, and the story is a non-stop coaster ride until the finish. Even when it seems like things are going one way, the next layer of the onion is peeled away and the story takes off again.

This book is highly recommended, even now 20 years after publication. ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Book is about office politics, purportedly based on real story. And story is realistic, in sense that both heros and villains are realistic. There are some lucky coincidences but perhaps acceptable. Book isn't boring, but isn't interesting either. You can have decent timepass with it, but you won't miss anything in life if you don't read this book. ( )
  ashishg | Jul 1, 2014 |
The book starts pretty slow, but if you stick around long enough it becomes quite interesting. It took me few months to read first 50-80 pages, and just a couple of days to finish rest of the 400 pages. ( )
  aqeeliz | Mar 7, 2014 |
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Het is een werkgever niet toegestaan: (I) enige persoon werkgelegenheid te onthouden dan wel te ontslaan of anderszins enige persoon te discrimineren voor zover het zijn vergoeding, arbeidstijden, arbeidsvoorwaarden of uit deze arbeid voortvloeiende voordelen betreft, op grond van ras, huidkleur, godsdienst, geslacht of nationale herkomst van die persoon of (2) zijn werknemers of sollicitanten naar werk op enigerlei wijze te beperken, te scheiden of in te delen in categorieën op wat voor wijze dan ook, zodanig dat enig persoon werkgelegenheid wordt onthouden of dreigt te worden onthouden of anderszins zijn staat van werknemer schade wordt toegebracht op grond van ras, huidkleur, godsdienst, geslacht of nationale herkomst van die persoon (Titel VII, Wet op de burgerrechten van 1964) Macht is niet mannelijk en niet vrouwelijk (Katharine Graham)
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"Expertly crafted, ingenious and absorbing." The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The #1 Bestseller by the author of "Jurassic Park." As he did in "Rising Sun," Crichton focuses on a topic as close as today's newspaper headlines: sexual harassment.
Tom Sanders is an up-and-coming executive at the computer firm DigiCom. When his new boss turns out to be a woman who is both his former lover and a business rival, Sanders determines to be professional. But after a closed-door meeting, the woman accuses him of sexual harassment. It's her word against his, and suddenly Sanders finds himself caught in a nightmarish web of deceit in which he is branded as the villian. As he scrambles to save his career and his reputation, Sanders uncovers an electronic trail into DigiCom's secrets . . . and the cynical scheme devised to bring him down.

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An accusation of sexual harassment threatens a man's career in the cutthroat computer industry, and when he attempts to defend himself, he uncovers some damaging company secrets.

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