THE BIG COMPANY LOOK by J. Harvey Howells


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...records the life and times of a modern executive. Jackson Pollett, whose father was a charming failure, determines to achieve everything his parents' way of life denied. A benefactor sends him to the ""right"" schools, after his Dartmouth and business school stint he lands a job with United, a major grocery outfit, as a marketing trainee. Being a properly bright and determined young man, he advances at a rapid pace, willingly stepping over friends, wins the girl of his choice, a director's daughter, avoids W.W.II-conveniently declared 4-F. Sufficiently schooled at United De makes the big move to New York, becomes a marketing manager at 33, a vice-president at 35, has achieved the conventional suburban creature comforts for his three children. His next jump, at 40, brings him within a hairsbreadth of the presidency. But he has been outwitted, out-maneuvered, outdone by the big company men whom he couldn't outguess; he has, by this time, alienated everyone who ever mattered to him. The loss of his job is presented an a curative for Pollett and the restoration of his values. But this suspiciously appropriate flag of good behavior is run up too late to be convincing. This stencil of ""big business"" is an inadequate criticism of a world which rewards only those who don't take it too seriously.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1958
Publisher: Doubleday