You're standing at an ATM. It can't access account information but allows unlimited withdrawals. Do you take more than your balance? David Callahan thinks most of us would. While there have always been those who cut corners, he shows that cheating on every level--from the highly publicized corporate scandals to Little League fraud--has risen dramatically in the last two decades. Why all the cheating? Why now?
Callahan pins the blame on the dog-eat-dog economic climate of the past two decades. An unfettered market and unprecedented economic inequality have corroded our values, he argues--and ultimately threaten the level playing field so central to American democracy itself. Through revealing interviews and extensive data, he takes us on a gripping tour of cheating in America and offers a powerful argument for why it matters. Lucidly written, scrupulously argued, The Cheating Culture is an important, original examination of the hidden costs of the boom years.
About the Author
David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and lives in New York City.
PRAISE FOR THE CHEATING CULTURE
"It's not exactly hot news that many Americans cheat . . . But there is much reason to believe that these days, as David Callahan puts it, 'cheating is everywhere.' . . . Watch what we do, not what we say or read; our real-world Book of Virtues is in serious need of rewriting." -Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Read this book for [Callahan's] eye-opening portrait of the way we live now, his sobering analysis of how we got here and his prescient warning of where we may be headed if we don't get back our bearings."-Los Angeles Times
"Dozens of books have examined this phenomenon. None I have yet seen does it with [this] anger, vigor and persuasiveness."
"The author provides persuasive evidence that our society is riddled with dishonesty."
"A damning and persuasive critique of America''s new economic life."
"A breathtaking book."
"On-target analysis of how this noxious and, in the true sense, un-American corruption came to infect our culture."
"This should be required reading for every high school and college student, and anyone who''s ever complained about how bad things have gotten."
"Hair-raising. [P]acked with alarming anecdotes."
"Highly readable. Callahan has done us a good turn by confronting the question of ''why do Americans do wrong?'' "
"Callahan''s on to something: an ingrained and growing national compulsion to succeed at any cost."
"Well-constructed, civic-minded…full of compelling statistics and anecdotes."
"Callahan compiles a meticulous mountain of data about our current state of disgrace."