Diary of a Company Man

Losing a Job, Finding a Life


Book Description

The funny, insightful, and inspiring story of a 1960s campus radical turned corporate PR man who finds himself, along with his fellow baby boomers, in a place called “Too Young to Retire and Too Old to Hire”


James S. Kunen—author of The Strawberry Statement, an account of the 1968 student uprising at Columbia University—chronicles his adventures on the road to finding meaning in work and life. He traces his evolution from a rebellious youth who sees working as a kind of death, to a laid-off corporate executive who experiences not working as a kind of death, to a reinvented and reinvigorated individual who discovers something important and meaningful to do.

The experience of falling victim to America’s recession-ravaged economy (and the people who run it) leads him along a career path far different from anything he had planned. After years of making a living, Kunen finally learns how to make a life. Diary of a Company Man will be a revelation not only to baby boomers but to young people trying to figure out what to do with their lives.

About Kunen, James S.

James S. Kunen is the author of four previously published titles: The Strawberry Statement, Standard Operating Procedure, How Can You Defend Those People?, and Reckless Disregard .  He worked as a public defender in Washington, D.C., and as a writer and editor at People magazine before assuming the position of director of corporate communications at Time Warner’s headquarters in New York City.  Along the way, he has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Time and other notable publications.  Kunen is currently a teacher of English as a second language for immigrants. He and his family live in Brooklyn.