“Disclosure” by Michael Crichton
Tom Sanders has been with DigiCom since the beginning. He is happily married with two kids, a nice house, and a great commute via ferry to work.
Life is good.
In the past 12 years, Tom has risen to become the Division leader of the Digital Communications Division based in Seattle, WA. He is well respected throughout the company and, more than that, he has given his heart and soul to DigiCom.
Today, DigiCom and Conley-White start the merging process.
Conley-White is a conservative, traditional media, company buying into high-tech for the first time. The technologies that DigiCom design, develop, and manufacture promise to lead the way into the future of electronic textbooks and communications by merging video, graphics, and words into a robust, interactive, educational experience and by advancing cell phone / wireless technology. They are also developing a state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) experience that has the possibility to change the world (Note: This book was written in the early 1990’s and the VR experience described is just now becoming commercially available with the advent of smartphones and devices like Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, etc.).
Tom is expecting to be named the VP of Advanced Operations and Planning as the merger moves forward. As such, he would be in charge of four technical divisions, including his current division.
Getting to work on the crucial day, he finds out that Bob Garvin, CEO has nominated Tom’s ex-lover, Meredith Johnson to be the VP. Tom is shocked and disappointed, but, handles the news well.
Meeting with Meredith in her office that evening, the situation gets out of hand and Meredith sexually harasses Tom. The next morning she reports Tom for sexually harassing her!
Tom decides to fight it, hires a lawyer and…….well, you will just have to read the book to see what happens.
“Disclosure” is fascinating in a couple of respects. First, in my mind, as TechyMike.com, it is a cool look back at the state of technology (the Internet, cell phones, virtual reality, CD-ROM’s, etc) in the early 1990’s. And secondly, with more and more women entering management roles starting in the 1990’s, this book covers the reverse of what normally is thought of as sexual harassment: A woman harassing a man.
Terrific read. Oh, this was also a movie with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. Go to IMDb for more information.