While fraud is generally associated with the business world, this book demonstrates that there is also a good deal of fraud and deception among scientists, writers and philanthropists. Scientists will sometimes announce fraudulent findings in order to raise money for additional research projects. Since many scientists live by this "soft" money and have no other income, the temptation to claim results that never occurred is great. Likewise, authors and journalists may commit fraud by claiming that they saw something that they did not see or that an event occurred which never happened. There are also writers who steal the work of others and publish such material under their own name. There are executives of charitable organizations who steal the money donated to a charitable cause and there are clergy who steal from the members of their own parish, or sell objects that do not belong to them. Some members of the clergy use their trusted office to gain sexual favors from congregants while others entertain their friends at the expense of their congregations. This work is well documented and demonstrates that the notion of the aloof scientists or holy clergy may be no more than a myth, and that even in these professions all things are not what they seem.
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About the Author
Gerhard Falk is Professor of Sociology at the State University College at Buffalo. He is the author of seventeen books ranging from Man's Ascent to Reason to Football and American Identity. Dr. Falk has also written over forty journal articles and is presently working on a new book, The Ascent of Women in the 21st Century.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 One: Scientific and Academic Fraud Chapter 4 1. Who gets the Credit? Chapter 5 2. Authority Rules Chapter 6 3. Scientific Fraud and Misconduct Chapter 7 4. Fraud in Academe Part 8 Two: Published Fraud Chapter 9 5. Literary Fraud Chapter 10 6. Fraud and Deceit in Journalism and the Media Part 11 Three: Deceitful Friends Chapter 12 7. Religious Fraud and Deceit Chapter 13 8. Charitable Fraud and Deceit Part 14 Postscript: A Sociological Analysis of Fraud Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 Index