Written in 1972, this McMurtry novel is a change of pace from his Western themes and features the problems of Danny Deck in dealing with approaching litery success and the attentions of three women, a girl friend, a neighbor and a girl pal.
An excellent book that covers the plight of (through no fault of their own)unemployed and under-employed white-collar middle class victims of U. S. corporate greed and callous out-sourcing/off-shoring.
"By eliminating other peoples jobs, top management can raise its' own income."
This greed has been illustrated over and over during the past ten years with examples like the Andreas' family at ADM, Lay and Skilling at Enron, and Ebbers at WorldCom.
Ehrenreich provides an excellent summation in the last chapter (Conclusion) of the book.
A well written account of a critical period in the corporate life of Microsoft by Wall Street Journal reporter David Bank.
Internal struggles and debates between the high profile leadership of Microsoft are well covered, including those between long time friends and associates Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
The President has pardoned power broker Backman and the CIA has set him up in Italy with a new identity. Who will finish him off, the Israelis, the Chinese, the Russians, the Saudis or some unknown agency?
It is difficult to over-praise this book. Kurt Eichenwald has provided a clear and entertaining account of what could easily have been a dry retelling of arcane accounting details that led to the downfall of mighty Enron. Eichenwald brings to life the characters involved in the events that led to the downfall. The true events read more like a Grisham work of fiction. If you only read one business/corporate related book, this is the one.
McMurtry's take on Screenwriting and the Movies in general.
Part of his "Essay Series"; In a Narrrow Grave, Film Flam, Walter Benjamin at the Diary Queen, Roads, and Paradise.
A must for Mcmurtry fans.