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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1St Edition edition (August 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452107904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452107905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What [Cohen] has created is "a set of practice problems" meant to test and strengthen the reader's own ethical compass. "
- Publisher's Weekly

"While there's plenty of common-sense inside this book, there's also lots to ponder about right and wrong."
- Alaska Journal

"What struck me most was his claim that, despite our quickly changing world of social media and altered interpersonal communications, ethics themselves have not changed much over time. Etiquette changes; social mores shift. But whether you're a Googler or a gladiator, the basic line stays the same: When in doubt about how to act, be good. We all know (pretty much) what that means."
- Oprah.com

About the Author

Randy Cohen established himself as the author of the popular "The Ethicist" column in the New York Times Magazine, which he wrote for twelve years. He has appeared regularly on NPR, and is host of the radio series Person Place Thing. He lives in New York City.

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A former comedy writer, he seems to have no sense of humor about this.
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I found this an enjoyable and easy read; this would make a great gift book for your favorite amateur ethicist.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
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I was a huge fan of Randy Cohen's "The Ethicist" columns that ran in the Sunday New York Times Magazine for 12 years. I'm an even bigger fan of this new book based on that column. Because here he's not confined to two questions and 680 words per week. Here he can sort, arrange and share many of his favorite letters by topic and expand on the reasoning that went into his answers. There are chapters dedicated to Family; Home; Doctors & Nurses; Civic Life; Money; Animals; Sports; 9/ll, Iraq, Afghanistan; Work; Arts; Technology; Community; School; In Transit; Love & Sex and Religion ... each of them introduced by Cohen's overview of the subject matter in general before tackling specific questions. Often we'll learn how the questioner responded, a bit about reader reaction and, sometimes, Cohen's second thoughts based on those reactions.

This collection is also a lagniappe for all his fans who treated "The Ethicist" as a family game played at the breakfast table each Sunday--one person would read the question aloud, then go around the table for each person's answer...and only then would they read Cohen's answer and discuss it. Perhaps you'd like to join the fun. Here's a sampling of questions to ponder:

After the second time the police show up in response to a neighbor's noise complaint, the reader demands to know who complained, but the police refuse. Does he have the right to know? .... During a transatlantic flight, a request comes for any doctors on board to make themselves known. Four were on board, but only one came forward. Ethical? .... During the anthrax scare, a reader who filled a prescription for Cipro that he didn't need was criticized by friends for hoarding, but claims this is similar to stockpiling food or water for an emergency. Who's right?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Weissman on October 16, 2012
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This is the second book that Randy Cohen, the first and longest-running person to write the Ethicist column for the New York Times, has made out of his columns. Along with the columns come some general essays that group the columns into topics and that veer into other matters, some related and some not.

To cut to the chase, if you like Randy Cohen columns you'll probably like the book. Otherwise probably not.

Columns are notorious for suffering when grouped together into a book. The mannerisms and turns of thought you liked a lot in once-a-week doses are often not so good when read en masse.

Cohen, who is also a humorist, tends to run interesting questions and then devote a lot of his answers to funny bits. Fun one at a time but possibly irritating all together.

But here's the good part: Cohen picks interesting real ethical issues to write about. You may or may not agree with his answers, and you may or may not like the idea of advice given outside the context of a community. But if you treat the columns as invitations to think through the issues yourself, or discuss them with friends, the book is golden.

For: Interesting issues raised, and treated in a manner that you might like

Against: Too much of the same, and the issues are treated in a manner you might not like.

Bottom line, once again: You'll probably like this if you enjoyed Randy Cohen's columns. If you didn't like the column you'll probably not like the book, except as a stimulus to discussion or even to enjoyable irritation and disagreement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2012
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I took several Ethics classes in college and again while earning my masters. Those classes were really enjoyable to me, because they taught you how to look at all sides of an issue and draw conclusions. I expected this book to be of the same mindset, and was very disappointed to find myself being preached to by the author, from only his perspective. This book is not the thought provoking analysis of issues that I expected, but rather a collection of examples of how to use logical fallacies and rhetoric to support his ideas. I was very disappointed. If you are per-disposed to agree with him on his topics, you might enjoy that it reaffirms you ideas. If you are looking for something with any academic value, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Henderson VINE VOICE on February 14, 2013
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This is a wonderful collection of stories about ethical challenges that Americans face nearly every day. I can relate to every story in the collection. This is a great source of getting a discussion about the ethicall issues we sometimes fail to navigate properly. I would use this book with students of every age. I would use it in a business course on ethics. Cohen is a wonderful writer. He makes you laugh. He makes you consider some of the great issues of the day and choose between correct action and greed. This is my first time reading Cohen's ethical writings, it will not be my final time.

Cohen brings light to subjects that are too hard for many Americans to consider. Doing right because it is the way human beings are when we are at our best is a difficult concept for modern Americans. We only want to do what is right when it is easy. Doing what is right when it is challenging counts for a lot. Doing right when it is challenging makes our nation a better place for humans to live. Failing to do what is right, merely because it is inconvenient, is a recipe for disaster. Great nations do not fall because they are defeated by evil empires; great nations fail because they rot from the inside with immoral, unethical leaders who are motivated by greed and evil thoughts.

For example, the credit rating agencies Standard and Poors, Fitch, and Moody's may not have broken the law, however, they behaved in a craven manner that is wholly without ethics. I do not understand why anyone trusts them anymore. The business of these agencies is all about trust, they have shown that they are willing and able to sell their integrity to the highest bidder. They should not be punished by the Courts, they should be punished for their evil acts by the market itself. That the market pretends that these agencies did nothing wrong is an indication how low our national morals have fallen. Randy Cohen will help you understand this last example.
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