Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 November 1990

272 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195066548

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The Predatory Society

Deception in the American Marketplace

Paul Blumberg

How pervasive is deception in the American marketplace? In this pioneering study, Paul Blumberg not only reveals the extent to which fraud is practiced on the American consumer, but offers a penetrating analysis of its causes and social consequences. Among the evidence Blumberg examines are 600 accounts by workers in such businesses as restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores of the fraudulent practices of their employers. Here are eye-opening accounts of gas station owners selling regular gas as high test, auto mechanics who spray-paint old parts and sell them as new, pharmacists who sell generic drugs at brand-name prices, and more. Blumberg suggests that dishonesty is all but built into the American marketplace, and that its social effects include the loss of trust and community.


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