Jun 8, 2010

Citizen Dick by Richard Arneson

Product Description from Amazon: Creative accounting. Mismanagement. Vanishing 401Ks. Insider trading. Misplaced power. Neuroses. Bloody clown suits. Meatloaf costumes. Self-administered prison tattoos. You guessed it -- Corporate America.

And in 1989, nobody better exemplified those characteristics -- and a hundred tawdry others -- more than CommGlobalTeleVista, a telecommunications behemoth that’s future relied on a promotion that would provide customers with something they didn’t want or need, and a CEO who hoped buying a meat company -- or acting like its takeover is in the works -- would move their stock price north of $75 per share and award him an eight figure bonus.

And it all happened because Dick Citizen -- an unambitious, twenty-five-year-old with an obsessive hatred for his first name, an uncanny ability to hit a golf ball long and straight, and a bizarre skeleton in his closet -- stumbled backwards into the last place he should be. You guessed it -- Corporate America.


Richard Arneson’s thirteen years working in corporate America drove him up a tree -- literally. Once he escaped the telecommunications industry after ten years of service, he built a tree house -- ostensibly for his two young sons -- installed electricity and cable TV, and set out to fix himself, deciding that dealing with the memories of working in the goofy-as-hell world of corporate America could only be accomplished by getting them down on paper. Citizen Dick is the result.

Arneson is currently working on his next novel, The Tree House, which, ironically, is not being written in his tree house but in the cab of his 1950 Chevy pickup truck. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and their two sons. He has plans to build a second story on his tree house in early 2010, one large enough to accommodate a baby grand piano and two dental chairs.


Citizen Dick is a very unusual book.  Right from the start, I really struggled to continue reading.   There were so many characters, and it took a long time before the pieces started to fit together. Corporate America ... stepping on anything or anyone who gets in the way on the journey up the ladder of success. I must admit that there were some parts that made me chuckle, but many more parts totally grossed me out.  If this is what the corporate world is all about, then I am glad I am far removed from this life.

I am sure that many will find this book highly entertaining and humorous, and they will be talking about it around the water cooler in the office.  But I just don't get this one, and I really struggled to relate to this book.

Thank you to the Cadence Book Group for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Citizen Dick
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: Peybro Books, LLC (February 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981939309
ISBN-13: 978-0981939308

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