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. This three volume set describes and 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.
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