The Cheating Culture

  • by David Callahan
  • Narrated by Richard M. Davidson
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this provocative audiobook, author David Callahan examines the cheating epidemic, at work, in school, on the ballfield and everywhere else, that is the new American plague. What would you do if your bank machine couldn't keep track of your account information? Callahan thinks most people would overdraw their accounts, like the 4,000 people who helped themselves to 15 million dollars from the Municipal Credit Union of New York following the September 11 terrorist attacks. America has become a nation of cheaters. Now more than ever, people are bending rules and breaking laws to get what they want. From the Enron scandal to the dot-com collapses to the plagiarism that has rocked the publishing world, this remarkable book exposes the new culture of cheating while offering reasonable suggestions for righting the wrongs.

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What the Critics Say

"The book's strength lies in tying together assorted detailed descriptions of cheating throughout the system and explaining the connections between disparate acts.... He offers straightforward, commonsensical solutions, including increased funding for federal enforcement agencies." (Publishers Weekly)
"Callahan took a broad approach, encompassing different professions, our government and legal system, the economy, popular culture, and people's values....Meticulously researched." (Booklist)

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By the author?s own admission, there is little statistical data on the cause of cheating in our culture. Nonetheless, he uses well-documented statistical analysis as well as anecdotal evidence to support his theories for the causes of cheating and for his recommended solutions.

His thorough examination covers a wide range of venues from families to businesses; from pre-school through graduate programs; from academics to politics. His indictments range from those in lower economic brackets who steal from their employers or cheat on their taxes to the recent spate of multi-million dollar corporate scandals. Whether rich or poor, male or female, liberal or conservative ? all are called to task.

The proposed solutions also require changes at all levels of society. Those who like simple solutions ? or who want to blame others without taking responsibility themselves ? will not like this book and will no doubt want to label it or the author dismissively. However, for open-minded people, the author suggests solutions that require both global changes to the inequalities in society as well as changes in how we view individual responsibility. He provides specific achievable steps that we can take to accomplish these goals.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the author?s proposals or the many causes he details for cheating, few will say that the problem doesn?t exist, or that it does not need to be addressed. Ultimately, the book is well-written, engaging and, if one is so inclined, it certainly inspires examination of one?s own circumstances, and how one views the subject.
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- Traveler

critical analysis

Not a mainstream read. This book was very good.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books