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The thriller that opened a new chapter in the sex wars ...

Thomas Sanders' world collapses in just 24 hours – he is passed over for promotion, his new woman boss comes on to him during a drink after work, then, the next morning, he learns that she has accused him of sexually harassing her. She demands his transfer, thereby threatening to cut him off from the millions he wou...more
Paperback, 455 pages
Published 1994 by Arrow (first published 1993)
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Rabindranauth
I think if there’s one thing that repulses everyone when it comes into the light it’s a situation where a woman finds herself sexually harassed by a man in the workplace. But what if it’s not as it appears at first sight?

In the blink of an eye Thomas Sanders has lost it all. His new boss is completely destroying his life with the biggest weapon a woman has in her legal arsenal; the sex crime. After she takes a position as his new boss, a position he expected to get, they take a drink together af...more
Alex
I recommend it if you are looking for a quick read. It's about 400 pages and I read it in three days. The story is extremely complicated. The plot is so convoluted that I'm still not quite sure it all ties together. There are plot twists every few pages. In fact, there really is nothing but plot twists. Crichton does not allow plot threads to play out before there is another turn in the story. This might make the novel sound like hackery, but a confusing and meandering plot is necessary to the t...more
StoryTellerShannon
MINI-REVIEW

DISCLOSURE investigates what it's like for a man to be sexually harassed but have no one believe him (i.e. instead the computer company sides with the woman). As things worsen, we get to see the man's working world constrict around him as all his friends turn away.

Of course, this all leads to a bigger matter, typical of the Crichton novels, but we love it.

A very good read.

OVERALL GRADE: B plus
Nathan Rabin
Holy fuck is this some misogynistic hot garbage. How this viciously misogynistic drivel became a best seller and pop culture phenomenon is beyond me. This is arguably the single worst book I've ever hate-read, and I have read Dustin Diamond's memoir.
Ash
Micheal Crichton is an ingenious story teller with beautifully crafted plot that revolves around corporate environment in a high-tech company. The one thing about Mr. Crichton's books are his trademark use of technological advancement which he entwines perfectly in the design of his plot.
This book is no different. But one would be skeptical thinking it will be all technological blabber. So wrong!
The most pleasurable thing about reading the book is, it is articulate. All technology is explained...more
Michael
CD-ROMs! Small (aka, hilariously clunky) cell phones! Modems! Virtual reality! Sexual harassment lawsuits! And hey, what's this Internet thing?

Yes, it's ripped right from the headlines... of the early 90s. Which is fine, that's when the book was written, but it's so funny how the book trying so hard to seem contemporary and topical makes it feel dated that much sooner.

So it was fine, it kept me reading.

But... I'm not sure it actually all came together in the end.

(SPOILERS)

OK, at the end, we fi...more
Dani Noviandi
Siapa yang tidak mengenal Michael Crichton? Penulis sci-fi paling ngetop berkat karya-karyanya yang sensasional. Jurrasic Park, The Lost World, Timeline, Sphere, Congo, semuanya tentang dunia sci-fi yang tidak terbayangkan pada zamannya. Buku beliau yang saya baca baru 2, yaitu Timeline dan Sphere. Namun keduanya sungguh sangat mencengangkan, bagaimana seorang Michael Crichton meramu kata-kata dan science menjadi sebuah cerita yang seru dan enak dibaca.

Nah, sebuah buku dari Crichton yang judulny...more
Chad
Michael Crichton may be the best fictionist of the 90s. This is pretty high praise, but when you consider the breadth of topics that he wrote on, and not just wrote on, but wrote on with a level of understanding that is usually limited to those who have spent years in the field.

My most recent read was Disclosure, the story of Tom Sanders as he works in the high tech industry with CD Rom drives. When Tom doesn't get the promotion he expects, but is instead passed over for an old girlfriend, Mered...more
Shannon Wyss
I feel very ambivalently about this book. On the one hand, i was engrossed in the plot and really wanted to know what was going to happen. It is also very important for the stories of men who are sexually harassed by women bosses to be told.

On the other hand, this book's take on the subject did not come off as feminist or liberatory for people of any gender. Of the book's women characters, only one is decent; the others are "bitches" or neutral. The one self-identified feminist character in the...more
Stuart Aken
First published in 1994, Disclosure by Michael Crichton, is one of those novels based on actual events, though this is not made clear until the end of the book, in an ‘afterword’. Whether that information would have made any difference to my reading is an unknown. It reads like fiction, so I read it in that spirit.
The stated theme is that of sexual harassment and its potentially corrosive effects on both corporations and society in general. Written at a time when such complaints were increasing...more
Bill
I'm torn on this one. The story finally sort of paid off. But I actually set it aside for a couple of weeks to read The Golden Compass. It's not that it was bad, the writing was OK. I just didn't care for the characters that much, one of the scenes actually made me very uncomfortable (and not just in the way the author intended), and some of the action hit too close to home (high-tech company politics). That last point could be a little disingenuous on my part, since it's one of the things that...more
Geert Daelemans
Interesting premise drives decent thriller

High-tech company executive Tom Sanders has it all made. Today he is on his way to his office at DigiCom where it is certain to be promoted to division leader. There are some minor set-backs on a production line that he leads, but nothing he cannot handle. But all is not well. When he enters the building he notices his ex-girlfriend Meredith Johnson talking to the big company chief. What's happening? Is the upcoming merger going to reshuffle the complete...more
Joy
I really enjoyed this. It was different than many of his other books, basically based on a real story where a woman had sexually harassed men in the work place and gotten away with it for years as a favorite of the boss. An intelligent manipulative woman, she knew how to gain the boss's respect and stay in his good graces, mostly by playing to his emotional needs. I don't want to give away the story line so won't say more. Almost reads like an investigative report found in a big corporation. Exc...more
Callum G
Some Chrichton books have a more moral aspect to them, and certainly in this book it comes to the fore. He tackled a more weighty and contentious about harassment in the workplace with undertones of sexual dominance and prejudice. For something that could have easily offended many people, he has crafted this book quite skillfully, and hasn't dropped entertainment value in the process. The plot is a little complex at some points, particularly during the climax of the book, it seems that twists ar...more
Corey Tardif
Michael Crichton is an excellent author, he really knows a lot about his technology. A business executive, Tom Sanders who works for a computer firm is expecting to become the new director of his company. But things change when a female employee named Meredith Johnson gets promoted, and Meredith happens to be Tom's former lover. One night Tom goes into Meredith's office, she tries to sexually assault him.

When word of it gets out, no one believes his story, and Meredith has everybody believing To...more
Holger  C Andersen
A problem when writing books on computer technology is that time is really flying. I think the book was published in 1993, and the IT-world in 2012,whenI read the book, has very little to do with 1993 "breaking news".
But Chrichton knows how to write an interesting story, and I was entertained.
It claims to be based on a "true story", and maybe it is.
Some of the characters are really not easy to like, but hey, its a jungle out there, so maybe its true.
I doubt Chrichton will ever be regarded as one...more
Jennifer
I'm always in awe of Michael Crichton. His works are just so diverse. Dinosaurs, gorillas, spaceships, diseases, and this time female-on-male sexual harassment and computers. I liked this book much more than the movie version I saw many years ago. I always liked the story, but Demi Moore rubs me the wrong way (and that was even pre-Ashton Kutcher). Both the role reversal sexual harassment and the IT/virtual reality aspects are very much still relevant 15 years after the book being published. I w...more
Andy
I remember taking this book with me on the long flight to Japan. Bad choice! I had liked Michael Crichton books until this one. I just could not make it though the book. I left it in the airplane when I landed in Tokyo.

I don't think it's necessarily a bad book. Reverse sexual harassment just did not click with me at all.

Given the prominence of sexual harassment that women deal with on a regular basement, I can understand why Michael Crichton wrote the book. But the plot just did not interest m...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: "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 accuse...more
Pujiyanto stiffy
seperti biasa--bukunya Om Crichton selalu seru!!! meskipun bagian teknologinya--terutama mengenai drive-drive itu terasa 'jaman-dulu' saat dibaca di jaman modern ini. Tapi lupakan soal hitech yang diangkat di sini, yang menarik di novel ini adalah plotnya. Dari sekian novel si Om Crichton yang sudah aku baca, selain A Case of Need buku inilah yang terasa banget kesan detektif-detektifannya. banyak banget hal-hal yang dari awal terkesan sepele tetapi bakalan jadi hal penting untuk memecahkan kasu...more
Eric
At first I was disturbed thinking how easy it could be to be manipulated by allegations. For the story though, there weren't many surprises and I pretty much figured this one out in the beginning. Not a bad read though, and I should try more books from this author.
Mike
Utterly distasteful - I hope Crichton was just channelling 90's male rage at the shifting power balance. But I'm afraid he was just simply a bitter man writing from his own fears and lack of insight.
Sarah Kuntz
All I can say is, if you don't like Crichton you might still enjoy this book. I read Crichton for an easy, fast read that still has a unique plot line. I didn't read the back cover before purchasing and was completely taken by surprise. Definitely not my favorite of his but with some excellent points. The world of sexual harassment is dominated almost entirely by women, many of whom ask for it. It doesn't surprise me that men face harassment as well and that its not reported more often is also n...more
Miguel Perez
Interesting take on sexual harassment with a mix of technology.
Daniel
A good read that helps you better understand the issues surrounding sexual harassment on the job.

Crichton writes well and keeps you interested in the story. My only quibble with this book (as with other of his novels) is that the endings seem a little forced. He always has a brilliant set-up, engaging you quickly. He has done his research so you're learning about the world of high tech office politics (and the high tech industry itself) as you read.

Still, the more I read his writing, the more I...more
David
This is a really tough one to rate. Id like to give 3.5 stars. 1st off he swears a ton in this book, which probably should have been evident due to the content of the book. Otherwise it had a rapid delivery like other Crichton novels but feels totally different. Im used to the science factor of some of his other novels which this one was lacking. The corporate conspiracy and thrill were definitely there and caused me to stay up late reading. I liked the main character Tom and felt his frustratio...more
Matt
I literally couldn't put this down.
Nadine May
Finished. Great read
Alex Ronk
Es parte de una colección de Reader's Digest que lleva en la familia algunos años y de la que obviamente está entre mis libros.

Es una historia bastante corta y rápida, pero no la termine luego luego porque estaba con Tatiana & Alexander y eso me entretuvo un poco; llama la atención que el título original no tenga mucho que ver con el título en español y de hecho después de leerlo me di cuenta de que si bien abordan el tema del acoso sexual con algunos términos legales confusos, no es estric...more
Novia
Michael Crichton can easily be called as a genius writer. All of his novels always include knowledge, it’s like reading science book in a fun way.
Disclosure is les scientific than Crichton’s other novels, it is about sexual harassment in a high-tech office. The most common sexual harassment’s cases happened to women…but in Disclosure, it was the other way around.

Tom Sanders had been working in DigiCom for 15years, everyone in the office thought he was going to be the vice president when Conley-W...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas...more
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