The Cheating Culture by David Callahan
Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

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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 David Callahan

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David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has also pub-lished articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post and is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He lives in New York City.
Published February 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 373 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A fairly obvious premise, to be sure, but the book's strength lies in tying together assorted detailed descriptions of cheating throughout the system and explaining the connections between disparate acts like résumé inflation, tax evasion and illegal downloads.

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They cheat to get into the proper college.

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Much of the new cheating, according to the author, is now among those with the highest income and social status: "The Winning Class's clout inevitably has produced hubris and a sense that the rules governing what Leona Helmsley called 'the little people' do not apply to them.

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