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Moral Courage (book)

5 Ratings: 2.0
2005 non-fiction book by Rushworth M. Kidder

Why did a group of teenagers watch a friend die instead of putting their own reputations at risk? Why did a top White House official decide to come clean and accept a prison sentence during Watergate? Why did a finance executive turn down millions out … see full wiki

Author: Rushworth Kidder
Genre: Ethics
Publisher: William Morrow
Date Published: January 4, 2005
1 review about Moral Courage (book)

"It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees" ---Dolores Ibárruri Gómez

  • Oct 2, 2009
Take a look at your hometown newspaper on any given day.  You might read about a deadly fire that could have been prevented had a city or town inspector been doing his or her job honestly and diligently.  Or there just might be a story about a high ranking elected official who is abusing the public trust they have been sworn to uphold.  Or maybe a group of high school students have been caught plagiarizing their term papers.  How do you react when you read these kinds of stories?   Are you outraged or do you merely shrug your shoulders and yearn for the "good old days" when people were more responsible and more accountable for their actions?

As we enter the increasingly complex world of the 21st century, it has become quite apparent that there is a need for more and more of us to display "Moral Courage".  Much to my amazement, author Rushworth Kidder reveals in the opening pages of his book that a search on the internet revealed that no one has ever written a book on this specific subject.   To Kidder there are three elements to "Moral Courage"--an individual must have principles, there has to be an element of danger or risk involved and one must show a willingness to endure.  As a means of illustration, the author cites numerous real-life examples of individuals who found themselves facing very real ethical dilemmas. Some of his subjects would fail the test miserably while others would respond in a heroic way.  Kidder goes on to explain that the most difficult moral dilemmas are not those situations where the choices are clearly "right against wrong" but rather the situation that commonly occurs where one must struggle with "right vs. right" choices.

I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from reading "Moral Courage".  Like it or not, each one of us is bound to face a number of thorny issues and moral dilemmas during the course of our lifetime.  Rushworth Kidder has given us all lots of food for thought in his fascinating book.   Highly recommended.

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