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Committed: By a Giant Insurance Company and Their Texas Lawyers Hardcover – 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Committed Consulting; 1st edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964566206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964566200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,948,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clipper Ship Book Store on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lowell "Duke" Embs was a top salesman for one of the largest insurance companies in America--Connecticut Mutual. In 1981 his superiors confronted him and told him that they wanted him to resign--after 26 years of excellent sales history--before retirement.

When he refused, the company began a series of incarcerations, using the mental health industry to intimidate and coerce Mr. Embs into submission. He was beaten several times and his ribs were broken twice. He refused to give in, and the price he paid was tremendous.

Even though some of the mental health workers found him completely sane and unsuitable for retention, it was possible under the law to hold him for various periods of time; thus, while he was able to get free from time to time, it was usually only a matter of days before police would stop him in his vehicle and rearrest him on sometimes phony charges--all at the behest of a giant insurance company.

"Duke" Embs' story is a cautionary tale for all of us who like to believe we're actually safe and free, as it is the truly scary account of an honest, hardworking salesman who was repeatly abused in the worst possible ways by a blind mental health industry and a megacorporate tyranny--all in order to not have to pay retirement to a faithful employee of 26 years.

In a letter to the author, Tipper Gore writes: "This book provides a unique insight into the conditions of mental health facilities and truly moving and thought-provoking personal accounts of being 'committed'. Your story will stay with me as I continue to fight for the changes we so desperately need in our nation's mental health care system."

A final note: Lowell "Duke" Embs died of natural causes on August 27, 2013.
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By texas woman on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I not only read this book I was appalled by it. I knew this man and he was clearly mentally ill. He put the people in this book through a living hell.
We all loved and respected him prior to his developing mental illness. I would not recommend this book in any category other than fiction.
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