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Permission to Steal: Revealing the Roots of Corporate Scandal--An Address to My Fellow Citizens (Blackwell Public Philosophy Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405145398
ISBN-10: 1405145390
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“This is an excellent book that reveals the roots of corporate scandal from a philosopher’s viewpoint.  Since it is intended as an introduction to the topic for the general public, it is written to be easily portable and accessible to general readers.”  (Journal of Business Ethics, 12 November 2012)

"Permission to Steal is a delectable little book, well thought out, fast-paced, and easy to read. In just one hundred pages, Newton traverses the diverse landscape of juicy journalism, deep philosophical analysis, and practical moral education of the public. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a good and worthwhile read..." Ethical Perspectives

"Permission to Steal is hard-hitting, insightful, passionate, and refreshingly readable. It is a must-read for all citizens who care about ethics in business and a more healthy society."
--W. Michael Hoffman, Bentley College

"This book blends the insight of a first-rate philosopher with the moral outrage that every citizen should feel about the wave of recent corporate scandals. Newton minces no words in addressing the fundamental questions that every person should ask: What went wrong? Why was it wrong? How did it happen?"
--Joe DesJardins, Executive Director, Society for Business Ethics

"Permission to Steal reads like a whodunit: once you start reading it, you will find it difficult to put down. A crisp outlining of corporate scandals moves seamlessly to an analysis of their causes. Newton concludes with seven tasks to bring our society to a point where we can ‘trust our nation’s wealthiest not to rob us.’ Bravo to the author: all will learn from her in this delightful read."
--Ronald Duska, American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services

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"Permission to Steal is hard-hitting, insightful, passionate, and refreshingly readable. It is a must-read for all citizens who care about ethics in business and a more healthy society."
--W. Michael Hoffman, Bentley College

"This book blends the insight of a first-rate philosopher with the moral outrage that every citizen should feel about the wave of recent corporate scandals. Newton minces no words in addressing the fundamental questions that every person should ask: What went wrong? Why was it wrong? How did it happen?"
--Joe DesJardins, Executive Director, Society for Business Ethics

"Permission to Steal reads like a whodunit: once you start reading it, you will find it difficult to put down. A crisp outlining of corporate scandals moves seamlessly to an analysis of their causes. Newton concludes with seven tasks to bring our society to a point where we can ‘trust our nation’s wealthiest not to rob us.’ Bravo to the author: all will learn from her in this delightful read."
--Ronald Duska, American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services

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Product Details

  • Series: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405145390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405145398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,972,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Newton's little book should be read by every serious politician, every student of management, and every business executive. I would also add that it should be read by every philosopher with an interest in writing clear and powerful prose, and with an interest in being relevant outside of the academy. Newton's explications of the nature of conservatism and liberalism, of "values," and of human motivations are mature and insightful, even if sketchy. Rare for a philosopher, she is unafraid to use the language of sin in her treatment of the business scandals of recent years, and this allows her to connect with a much wider swath of readers. Her insights into human psychology are akin to those of the acclaimed cognitive scientist (and political consultant) George Lakoff (whose books I also recommend); and her understanding of liberalism and conservatism resonate with the insights of thinkers on both sides of the political spectrum. If we are going to get a handle on what causes cycle after cycle of scandal in the business world, we will need to come to terms with what Lisa Newton is trying to get us to see in this slim but powerful book. I will be using it in my various courses in social and business ethics for as long as it stays in print.
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I bought this book for research in one of my PhD classes. It provided the background I needed and I enjoyed reading it...it was really eye-opening!
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