Buy Used
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is very tight and square. Boards are good - no dings. DJ is pristine. Item is in like-new condition. Gift quality. Ships from Amazon. Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed! Tracking number provided in your Amazon account with every order.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$30.42 $0.40

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

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)

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.