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Dec 27, 2011
| ISBN 9780143120803
Dec 27, 2011
| ISBN 9781101559307
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Dec 27, 2011 | ISBN 9780143120803
Dec 27, 2011 | ISBN 9781101559307
" 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.
A native New Yorker, Daniel Akst is a well-known journalist who has worked at the LA Times and Wall Street Journal and now writes a monthly column in the Sunday New York Times. He also writes regularly for the Wall… More about Daniel Akst
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