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Disclosure Hardcover – Nov 1 1995

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (Nov. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517157624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517157626
  • Product Dimensions: 38.9 x 20.1 x 11.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 776 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
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YA-Beautiful, bright, and talented Meredith Johnson arrives at Digital Communications Technology company to become the head of a division, a position that Tom Sanders thought was going to be his. Meredith, his former lover, invites him to her office after hours and attempts to seduce him. When he rejects her, she accuses him of sexual harassment. Tom hires Louise Fernandez to defend him and reverses the accusation to name Meredith as the aggressor. To this plot, Crichton adds computer-industry sabotage, corporate mergers, video-linkups, stock options, CD-ROM jargon, and even a trip on a virtual-reality simulator to help Tom save his reputation and career. YAs will love all the technology and the author's easy, readable style, but the graphic sex and obvious theme that harassment is power may make Disclosure a more suitable choice for public than for school libraries.
Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Will Crichton's next book be a best seller? Does the Rising Sun appear in the east? The king of the blockbuster novel-- and the blockbuster movie--Crichton has lately been taking on controversial issues. In this new work, already sold to the movies for $4 million, a man finds himself accused of sexual harassment by his new boss--and former lover.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is one of the best novels by Michael Crichton that I have read. The most delicate themes of "sexual harassment" and "mobbing" simply invite authors to write about them. And I have read a lot of trash and cheap voyeurism concerning these subjects. Not here. Like in "Rising Sun" the research for this novel was outstanding and this resulted in an excellent plot with a logical, inevitable line of events and a breathtaking speed. The characters and, I am afraid, the plot are all too credible and they reflect reality more than a lot of people would like to admit. It is not disturbing then that the final twist of action has somewhat of the deus ex machina technique, because the ending is not what is really interesting. The most interesting thing is that events like this can happen (actually happen) and that they are in a way even legal. Crichton writes about the effects of laws that are fine with us in theory and well meant by the legislator. But once they are exposed to reality human nature corrupts them and brings about more injustice, they even awake the beast in man (and women, too!!).
When you begin to read this novel make sure you have enough time to read it in one go!
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I feel that after finishing this book, I can say that it was satisfying but I felt, at the same time, that I am reading something that is a story made from an issue that has two sides.
Basically, If you have read other Chrichton books, you will like this one unless you are technically oriented and read Chrichton for all the scientifical information. But, from a casual reading standpoint, this book might be ok.
I think that some of the characters in this book are very believable, and at times, this book seems like a real story, which means the author is very good when it comes to story telling.
Meredith, the center of all the commotion, seems to me as a frightening character. I say this because she is so smart and yet excels business-wise, gaining admiration and also brewing up some rather sneaky plots herself. I feel that Chrichton brings her into the book very well, and she fits right into the whole plot.
Read this book if you are interested in the summary that Amazon gives you, but otherwise I think you might still need to find out what the deal is. And disregard the movie if you haven't seen it, for I've heard it exaggerates some points. After you read the book, maybe then think about the movie.
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By A Customer on July 1 2002
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Disclosure is definitely one of the best Crichton novels I've read. Granted, the only other books of his I've read are Timeline and The Great Train Robbery.
Unlike many authors I've followed, Crichton differs the characters, and makes them all the more believable. In a John Grisham novel, for example, every character is so similar, you read it as if everyone is talking in monotone. In Disclosure, you have your boyscouts, your sophists, your feminists, your nerds, your womanizers and flirts. It's very delicious and real.
Another thing I love about Crichton's books is he does research. He knows what he's talking about.
Disclosure touches on all forms of equality, all sorts of sensitive issues, that can only be passed as sexist by the blind and the dense. You'll find yourself nodding your head when Sanders describes all the things he has to careful about to avoid being marked as a sexist/pedophile (consoling a crying child on the streets, staying alone in a room with a strange child, etc), that women can do without hesitation. The unwritten rules of the males.
There are many twists and turns in the story, and things aren't as predictable as they seem. It took me about 50 pages get into the story (all the technical terms took some getting used to), but once things started getting hot, I couldn't put the book down. I kept flipping forward a few pages to determine the length of the chapter, then glancing at the clock, then deciding that I'd read one more chapter, only to read a few more chapters after that. Many of the chapters in Disclosure are fairly short, which makes for much easier reading. If you are not easily offended, you WILL get hooked to the story, I guarantee it.
There's also some cool science fiction stuff that I won't reveal. But that's expected, I mean, we are talking about a Michael Crichton novel.
5/5 stars
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Michael Crichton is at his best with Disclosure. As usual, not afraid to take on controversial issues, Crichton explores the world of sexual harassment from the point of view of a harassed male. By looking at the issue from an uncommon viewpoint, he uncovers the underlying issues at stake. He reveals the emotions behind sexual harassment while not letting them interfere with the facts. Crichton wraps this well-researched information in a compelling story of corporate politics and intrigue. What is most amazing, however, is that he can write a book about so morbid a topic while keeping the story appealing. Though at points I felt offended by graphic descriptions, the story was far too engaging to put down.
Any fan of Michael Crichton will discover that this is one of his best novels; even someone new to Crichton will derive great pleasure from Disclosure's many twists and turns. Though not for the easily offended, his fast-paced, addictive style of writing is enjoyable and thoroughly satisfying. From cover to cover, Disclosure is an excellent novel.
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