The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

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Free cable television. Imaginary tax deductions. Do you take your chance to cheat? David Callahan thinks many of us would; witness corporate scandals, doping athletes, plagiarizing journalists. Why all the cheating? Why now?
Callahan blames the dog-eat-dog economic climate of the past twenty years: An unfettered market and unprecedented economic inequality have corroded our values and threaten to corrupt the equal opportunity we cherish. Callahan's "Winning Class" has created a separate moral reality where it cheats without consequences-while the "Anxious Class" believes choosing not to cheat could cancel its only shot at success in a winner-take-all world.
Updated with a new afterword analyzing the latest on cheating from the Martha Stewart trial to the Tyco and Enron sentencings, The Cheating Culture takes us on a gripping tour of cheating in America and makes a powerful case for why it matters.

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The Cheating Culture Callahan takes readers on a gripping tour of cheating in America and makes a powerful case for why it matters. The author blames the dog-eat-dog economic climate of the past 20 years for corroding values. Full description

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"Hair-raising. [P]acked with alarming anecdotes."

"A damning and persuasive critique of America's new economic life."

"Well-constructed, civic-minded.full of compelling statistics and anecdotes."

"The author provides persuasive evidence that our society is riddled with dishonesty."

"Callahan's on to something: an ingrained and growing national compulsion to succeed at any cost."

"On-target analysis of how this noxious and, in the true sense, un-American corruption came to infect our culture."

"Hair-raising. ÝP¨acked with alarming anecdotes."

"Callahan compiles a meticulous mountain of data about our current state of disgrace."

"Dozens of books have examined this phenomenon. None I have yet seen does it with [this] anger, vigor and persuasiveness."

"A damning and persuasive critique of America''s new economic life."

"Callahan''s on to something: an ingrained and growing national compulsion to succeed at any cost."

"Highly readable. Callahan has done us a good turn by confronting the question of ''why do Americans do wrong?''"

"This should be required reading for every high school and college student, and anyone who''s ever complained about how bad things have gotten."

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

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