About the Book

The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead offers a penetrating look at the crisis of ethics across American society. Author David Callahan pins blame for many of these problems on economic shifts -- like growing inequality and insecurity -- which have incentivized cheating in business, schools, and key professions. (Read Chapter One)

"This is a breathtaking book."

  - Los Angeles Times Book Review

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

   - Esquire

"Everything you ever wanted to know about what's gone wrong with ethics in our society is explained in David Callahan's remarkable and readable new book.

   - Philadelphia Inquirer


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

  - The New York Times Book Review


"In comparable history, venality may never have been so brazen, lucrative and accepted. Dozens of books and hundreds of newspaper, magazine and journal articles have examined this phenomenon. New ones come out daily. None I have yet seen does it with the anger, vigor and persuasiveness of The Cheating Culture."

  - Baltimore Sun


"A hundred years ago, the progressive reformer could draw on a coherent worldview shaped by Social Gospel Protestantism. For better and worse, our culture lacks that coherence today. But if we ever do try to overcome our divisions and regenerate our public life, we will find few more thoughtful guides than David Callahan."

  - In These Times

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