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In this "distinguished and necessary book" (The New York Times Book Review) Bok discusses the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in government, science, public affairs, family life, psychotherapy and the confessional.
Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets?
Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be broken?
What about journalists' protection of sources, government suppression of information, covert police activity, and scientific secrecy?
Bok investigates these and other questions.