Temptation: Finding Self-control In An Age Of Excess by Daniel Akst

Temptation: Finding Self-control In An Age Of Excess

byDaniel Akst

Paperback | December 27, 2011

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" 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.

About The Author

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 Street Journal culture pages, and has appeared in many other publications, including American Heritage, the Boston Globe, ...

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Title:Temptation: Finding Self-control In An Age Of ExcessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.45 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143120808

ISBN - 13:9780143120803

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