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In Search of Ethics: Conversations with Men and Women of Character [Hardcover]

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American society seems to be in a constant state of recovery from a series of attacks on our social and economic morals and ethics. From the never-ending embarassment of the Clinton sex scandals to the fall of such personalities as Martha Stewart, it seems that there is a new challenge to character every day. Pick up a newspaper or listen to the evening news and you'll find something to stimulate discussion at the dinner table or around the boardroom table. Our educational system seems to be in disrepair and in need of bolstering. Lying, cheating, fraud, and deception seem to be growing exponentially in all parts of American life. Parents -- even the best and most committed -- find themselves confronted by forces outside the home that threaten the fiber that holds families together. As a nation we seem to have positions and points of view that are measurable and appear to reflect cohesiveness on many issues. However, ours is a society that has wrapped itself tightly in the shroud of political correctness -- sometimes so tightly that we appear to speak out of both sides our mouths. In the pst decade our actions surely have spoken louder than our words. This stimulating and inspirational book points out the quicksand that we all walk upon daily and illustrates his message with interviews and commentaries with some fascinating people who had to look moral and ethical challenges in the face and decide for themselves how they were going to handle their own "Ethics Gate." Each person interviewed represents all that is great and outstanding about the United States and Canada. While they come from divergent walks of life, they are -- each and every oone -- role models for each of us. Read inspiring interviews with Mike Krzyzewski (championship basketball coach, Duke University), Sue Myrick (U.S. House of Representatives), John Naber (U.S. Olympian), and CEOs, educators, religious and military leaders, volunteers, and ordinary citizens leading ethical lives. Added to this new edition are interviews with Charles Krulak, Vice Chairman of MBNA America Bank and Nancy Olivieri, MD, a Canadian physician who refused to turn a deaf ear on life-threatening drug testing on children and stood up for morality. It isn't always easy to make the right decison and take the right course. All of us can use a push in the right direction from time to time. The interviews and commentary in this book just might serve as an important step in finding and taking the positive direction.



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Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   DC Press
ISBN  1932021116  
ISBN13  9781932021110  


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More About Len Marrella


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Marrella later directed troops in NATO and Vietnam before returning to academia to earn an MBA and PhD in Finance. Upon ending his military career, he became Director of Capital Products of International Paper, established the Spring Ridge Financial Group and founded the Center for Leadership and Ethics.

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A philosophical yet valuable and much-needed resource in troubled modern times  Oct 12, 2005
Now in an updated second edition, In Search Of Ethics is an anthology of testimonials from businessmen and women who successfully balanced honor with the demands of earning a living, in an era when lying, cheating, and fraud seem to be at an all time high. Each interviewed subject was required to meet interviewer Len Marrella's stringent procedural process, and while they come from vastly diverse walks of life, each offers crucial insights to keeping one's balance amid greed and corruption. Chapters firmly address how to develop solutions to ethical problems, and means of instructing the next generation to keep to tenets of honesty and fairness. A philosophical yet valuable and much-needed resource in troubled modern times.
 
A philosophical yet valuable and much-needed resource in troubled modern times  Oct 12, 2005
Now in an updated second edition, In Search Of Ethics is an anthology of testimonials from businessmen and women who successfully balanced honor with the demands of earning a living, in an era when lying, cheating, and fraud seem to be at an all time high. Each interviewed subject was required to meet interviewer Len Marrella's stringent procedural process, and while they come from vastly diverse walks of life, each offers crucial insights to keeping one's balance amid greed and corruption. Chapters firmly address how to develop solutions to ethical problems, and means of instructing the next generation to keep to tenets of honesty and fairness. A philosophical yet valuable and much-needed resource in troubled modern times.
 
This country needs a shot of ethics right now...  Apr 22, 2004
It is obvious that our country is sorely in need of an "ethical time out." One doesn't have to look to far to see the scandals that are hitting out largest corporations, to see to what low levels our political campagins have stooped, and to view the politicized circus that the 9/11 Commission hearings have become. This book affirms one's belief that good people do exist in our society and they don't have to be famous to get our respect. We don't have to idolize movie, recording or sports stars -- nor direct our lives by theirs. There are sufficient heroes for our society to look up to -- and they are "us." Ethics and character are elements of a strong cultural backbone that our nation needs at this time more than it ever has. Reading this book can give you a perspective that you won't find on the front page of your daily newspaper or see on the evening news -- although that perspective should be there. Thanks for a great read!
 
Shot in the Arm  May 23, 2003
Prior to purchasing In Search of Ethics I read the reviews that appear on the this site.com site. I thought it interesting that one review was extremely negative and written with a critical tone of superiority and what also "appeared" to be contempt, yet ended with the phrase that it was "flawed, but still useful." That prompted me to wonder almost more about the reviewer than the book -- but I was able to snap myself back to reality. I've now finished the book (obviously an edition that lacked some of the physical flaws the reviewer had pointed out). My reaction is simple: why don't more people read this highly positive, encouraging, and respectfully written book? The people Len Marrella selected to be interviewed are an interesting mix of personalities (only some of whom I had heard of before reading the book). Their stories and comments did make me pause and think. It is obvious that Mr. Marrella isn't writing for think tank types -- but he is obviously writing for the educated ordinary person. Whether a parent, educator, manager, minister or rabbi, military leader, or coach, In Search of Ethics is a great read. I've heard that some high school ethics classes are using this book -- and to me that makes sense. A friend mentioned that she had seen it being used at a major corportion for which she consults. And a recent History Channel special on West Point featured the book (which is mandatory reading for incoming cadets). The fact that basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke Blue Devils) -- one of the busiest people in sports -- felt comfortable enough to sit down with the author and give him an interview is a testament to Mr. Marrella's dedication to issues of character and ethics. Overall, while not a tome by Diogenes or some redefinition of "ethics" by the likes of Bill Clinton, In Search of Ethics is a book for our time. It is worthy of your time. It might even give you a shot in the arm (an affirming boost) and encourage you to keep living the ethical life you've no doubt already been leading.
 
Searching Under the Lamppost  Aug 18, 2002
Once upon a time, in the dark of night, a man lost a ring. A kindly woman went to help him find it. They sought the ring under a lamppost for a long time. Frustrated, the woman asked the man if he had, in fact, lost the ring under that lamppost. "Oh, no," said the man. "I lost it in that field over there." "Why aren't you looking there, then?" asked the exasperated woman. "Because there's no light there," responded the man. Len Marrella is, very clearly, a concerned citizen and a very decent man. But the book he's produced is disappointing and somewhat distressing. In conversations with a number of people, Mr. Marrella asks such questions as, "Would you march on Washington for a cause?" and "What makes you smile?" What he produces, finally, is a view of character which suggests that we are the architect of our character (5), that character is about deciding what's right and doing it (8), that the key lies in shared values (202), that conscience decides right from wrong (219), and that character "means having the courage of your convictions" (224). Along the way, Mr. Marrella tells exactly the wrong story about Peter Jennings (52); misunderstands a Shakespearean quotation (147); misspells the names of General Ridgway(181), of Heraclitus (190), of Francis Fukuyama (201), and of Kenneth Blanchard (201); confuses "tenet" with "tenant" (177); confuses "quote" with "quotation" (passim); isn't sure whether "ethics" and "media" are singular or plural; and doesn't know whether commas go inside or outside quotation marks. Much of this is a reflection upon the publisher, which ends the book by self-servingly appealing to readers to "call for a list of our authors/speakers/presenters/consultants." At least they did not say "editors." Mr. Marrella suggests that Army Values (173) can be used to solve numerous problems--his lamppost. But Army values were forced, as if by Procrustes, into the acronym LDRSHIP. The problem with the book is that there is so little concern with what lies in the "dark field" of objective morality, toward which, with Charles Colson's useful help, Mr. Marrella points (cf. pp. 228-229) but to which he never effectively goes (see, e.g., the encyclical "The Splendor of Truth," by Pope John Paul II). Conscience and character are NOT about doing what one THINKS is right; they are about doing what IS right. We do not self-appealingly DECIDE what is right; we DISCOVER what is right, by and through an informed conscience (Acts 24:16, Heb 13:18). Mr. Marrella offers repeated lists of bromides about morality; he seems not to understand that lists of core values or expressions of sentiment about doing good can be, and have been, used or abused by numerous tyrants. Communists and Nazis were, no doubt, sincere; and they had "shared values." It is all very well--and it IS important--to preach duty and honor and country, but it is not enough. For men and women of true character must ask the question of ends as well as of means. That Mr. Marrella would quote approvingly from Richard Rorty (75-76) indicates the confusion attending this very well-meaning but somewhat perplexed book. Ultimately character can and must be judged by the extent to which it conforms to just claims of Truth, and one's sense of worth comes from peace of soul (cf. Phil 4:7). This is a commendable effort by a very good man, but it fails because it's too breezy and too congested with undigested quotations. James Davison Hunter's book, "The Death of Character," is a key book about ethics and character unfortunately not even mentioned in Mr. Marrella's bibliography. Also very useful is Alfonso Gomez-Lobo's book "Morality and the Human Goods"; ch. 5 of Gomez-Lobo will prove very valuable to readers of Mr. Marrella's flawed, but still useful, volume.
 

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