Temptation["Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess"]

Author(s): Daniel Akst

Personal Development

" This elegantly written and useful book . . . describes how, for millennia, human beings have struggled to rein in desire." -USA Today

At a time when the fallout from reckless spending and unrestrained consumption is fueling a national malaise, Daniel Akst delivers a witty and comprehensive investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. Temptation reminds us that while more calories, sex, and intoxicants are readily available than ever before, crucial social constraints have eroded, creating a world that sorely tests the limits of human willpower. Referencing history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and economics, Akst draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire-and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly away from a campaign of self-destruction.

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General Fields

  • : 9780143120803
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Books
  • : December 2011
  • : .7 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.45 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Daniel Akst
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 320