This well-researched and cogently written expose should be required reading for all Americans. Mr. Keyes utilizes both anecdotal evidence, and to the extent it is available, statistics and other evidence, to demonstrate that “truth” is a rapidly vanishing value in our current society. He then explains that the ramifications of this value decline are significant; the ability to be able to “presume” honesty is at the core of our relationships, both personal, financial, and professional.
Indeed, dishonesty is our society is so prevalent that the truth-teller is currently at a distinct disadvantage. The witness is a judicial proceeding who tells the truth without embellishment will be discounted, as judges and juries presume that the witness, like all those before them, has exaggerated. Similarly, the job applicant who does not fudge will be rejected, as fudging is now presumed.
Despite its weighty subject, Mr. Keyes’ writing style is engaging. Moreover, the validity of Mr. Keyes’ points are reinforced by everyday life. I highly recommend this book.top