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Corporate America (English Edition) von [Dougherty, Jack]

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Thank You For Smoking meets House of Cards in this fast-paced, sharp satire about the business world.

After aspiring novelist Francis Scanlon is expelled from a prestigious graduate creative writing program, he is forced to become a spin doctor at the Prock Chocolate Corporation while he awaits the publication of his masterpiece.

But Francis’s expectations of easy money and literary glory are thwarted by a paranoid boss determined to run him out of the company, a charlatan writing coach, a snarky reporter, a sanctimonious public health crusader more Goebbels than Gandhi, an oily U.S. Senator with presidential aspirations, and a radical Muslim cleric with absolutely no sense of humor.

As the story unfolds in San Francisco, Washington, New York, Krakow, Mumbai, Jakarta, and a series of lush equatorial corporate jet refueling stations, Francis is swept up by market forces and transformed from pretentious literary cliché to reluctant executive to master practitioner of the black art of corporate power-politics. The story ends up, rather unexpectedly, as a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy as well.

A unique exploration of the way business, politics, career trajectories and interpersonal relations intermingle, Corporate America is a smart, literate comedy that deftly blends bone-dry satire, high ideals and bad taste without ever showing its seams.

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Jack Dougherty has operated at the highest echelons of Corporate America—a place where few authors go. A former top PR executive inside two Fortune 500 companies and a consultant to more than a dozen others, he has formulated communications and media response strategies for CEOs and companies targeted by investigative journalists, headline-hungry politicians, revenue-hungry Attorneys General, wild-eyed activists and crafty plaintiff’s lawyers. Jack’s political clients have included elected officials at the local level, members of the United States House of Representative and the United States Senate, and politicians abroad. He coauthored a business book entitled Most Likely to Succeed at Work (St. Martin’s Press).


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 813 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 351 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0615836607
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DRG05PY
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HASH(0x937ec7b0) von 5 Sternen Hilarious and Witty 16. Juli 2013
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Vivid characters and sharp dialogue make this an outstanding novel full of smart, biting humor that had me chuckling, snorting and laughing out loud! Dougherty's brilliant eye for local detail give his settings an authentic and nuanced realism and provide great ambiance as we go along with our initially disdainful protagonist on his wild ride through Corporate America. Great satire, cleverly delivered with rich language. An intellectually satisfying and delightful read, not to be missed!
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HASH(0x937ec9fc) von 5 Sternen So real 18. Dezember 2013
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Having worked in "corporate America" for 27 years, I really enjoyed this book. It was so real--from the back stabbing to seeing a gifted person succeed. It was well written and the characters were excellent but I'm not sure of the appeal for a non corporate person.
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HASH(0x937ec9c0) von 5 Sternen Big Laughs, Endearing Reflection 3. Januar 2014
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Jack Dougherty's "Corporate America" is the story of a young man coming to terms with abandoning his literary ideals. This fast-paced novel has heaps of laughs and moments of endearing reflection.

After an abrupt, and unjust, dismissal from a prestigious writing program at Stanford, the sophomoric Francis Scanlon embarks on a PR career with Prock Chocolate Corporation. His goal: fund the publication of his magnum opus- a novel called "The Enigma of Dilemma." The title pinpoints Francis' struggle to earn cash while he puts his dream of becoming the next great American novelist on hold. That title, so ridiculously grand, should resonate with writers who have taken their shot at literary fame. The conflict it represents will register with anyone who day dreams about an escape from his or her daily drudgery.

Dougherty builds tension between well-drawn characters. At times, the plot takes almost unbelievable leaps from reality, everywhere from a radical cleric's tent to a steamy romp in the opulent Taj Hotel to a combative congressional hearing room. Despite the fantastic range of these adventures, Dougherty tells an engaging and relevant story. His characters help you suspend disbelief. They keep you cheering for Francis to succeed, or, at least not get hurt too badly in the process.

The doting and drunken Aunt Gretchen is his corrupting and unconditional champion. Judith is a toxic, corporate throat-slitter who tries her best to be his boss. Cyril, the commanding CEO and fatherly sage, guides Francis’ rapid ascent to the top levels of corporate America. Trudy- his out-of-your-league lover- helps him navigate these two disparate worlds- the life of an artist and that of corporate ladder-climber. Francis' grit and brazenness in winning her over is impressive. His honesty with himself, despite his best efforts to self-destruct, is endearing.

This novel is also grounded with flourishes of style and insight. While it is very much a self-deprecating comedic adventure, it offers something for critical readers. It seems that Dougherty has a more important story to tell. I hope that we will read that book next.

Early on, Francis asks us to consider whether it is better to have a permanent income, or to be fascinating. It's worth reading "Corporate America" to find out.
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HASH(0x937eccb4) von 5 Sternen Jet-feuled plot piloted by savy corporate navigator 7. Juli 2013
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Mr. Dougherty's book has finally exposed that dark little secret many of us "creative writing majors" have harbored in the deep recess of our minds since Day One of our first nature writing workshops - To be discovered for our unparalleled ability to transcend the reality of our words to make a difference in the world that will ultimately make us super rich. Dougherty's wonderfully flawed protagonist, Francis Scanlon, is realistic, charming, witty, and uncharacteristically lucky for one coming from those of artistic roots. It's what makes him such an arresting guide to follow through the pages of 'Corporate America'. Most times, with the continuously ascending action and twisted relationships, I found it immensely difficult to rip my attention away from Dougherty's story. It's an honestly captivating read.
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HASH(0x937ed1d4) von 5 Sternen Hollywood 16. Juli 2013
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I am a reader on the SONY lot in Los Angeles and got an early look at Corporate America for possible optioning rights and I immediately gave it a recommend after I finished it. Not only does it have strong story structure it's an intriguing read and exposes the reader into this niche part of the corporate america that has never been explored before. Its the corporate world but from a canted angle. It is written with strong cinematic elements, riddle with bullet fast, snarky dialogue and layered with multifaceted characters that are so well described one can't help but play out this world on the screen. From Francis's introduction to corporate america to his love interest and his experiences traveling the makes the reader unable to put it down. It is written with such a brilliantly clever wit that the reader can't help but get emotionally attached to its hero. If you are looking for an utterly entertaining read with a voice and style you haven't seen before check out Corporate America.
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