Great Events from History: Modern Scandals

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Three Volumes
1,400 Pages
388 Essays
75 Sidebars
Five Maps
251 Photographs
Keyword List of Contents
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Chronological List of Entries
Geographical Index
Category Index
Personages Index
Subject Index

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Editor: Steven G. Kellman,
University of Texas at San Antonio
March 2009 · 3 volumes · 1,400 pages · 8"x10"

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Great Events from History:
Modern Scandals
400 of the most important and most publicized scandals throughout the world since the beginning of the twentieth century.

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388 articles and 75 sidebars
Hundreds of photos, illustrations and graphs
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings

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Great Events from History: Modern Scandals is an entirely new reference set on a subject that has never been covered as broadly and thoroughly in any other reference publication. However, before considering the content of this set, attention must be paid to the meaning of the word "scandal"- a concept more elusive than one might at first appreciate. Scandals are typically high-profile events that garner considerable media attention and public discussion but nevertheless often remain poorly understood. The word "scandal" is generally understood as applying to misbehavior and wrongful acts. However, scandalous acts are not necessarily illegal, and illegal acts are not necessarily scandalous. The essence of scandal is the damage to reputation brought on by the violation of codes of morality or propriety. It therefore follows that a given act when committed by one person might be considered scandalous, while the same act committed by another might not. When notorious criminals murder, their acts are not generally regarded as scandalous. However, when respected religious or community leaders publicly admit to having committed adultery, their behavior is apt to be considered scandalous. The difference is that criminals are expected to commit crimes, while religious and community leaders are expected to conduct their lives within the bounds of their communities' moral and ethical standards.

This three-volume set describes & analyzes 400 of the most important and most publicized scandals in all fields of human endeavor that have occurred throughout the world since the beginning of the 20th century. Each essay focuses on a single event, or series of closely related events, that has been perceived as a scandal.

A wide variety of topics appear here, including scandals that rocked the worlds of banking and finance, education, government and politics, health and medicine, publishing and journalism, and sports and entertainment. Topics include such widely know scandals as the Teapot Dome scandal, 1919 "Black Sox" World Series, Watergate, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, the death of Princess Diana, Enron, the Tour de France doping scandal, and the 2007 subprime mortgage industry collapse.

The essays in this set are 3-5 pages in length and are arranged chronologically. The top matter of each essay offers a brief summary of its event's importance, the subject category or categories to which the event belongs-from agriculture to women's issues; the event's geographical locale; and a list of Key Figures including name, vital years, regnal dates and terms of office, and brief descriptors of their roles. The body of each essay is divided by subheads into a chronological Summary of Event and an assessment of the event's historical Impact. These sections are followed by a fully annotated Further Reading section listing sources for additional study and cross references to essays of related interest within the set.

Several helpful research aids can be found at the end of Volume 3. These include an annotated General Bibliography, a Chronological List of Entries, and Category, Geographical, Personage, and General Subject Indexes.