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Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess, Akst, Daniel

Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess

Authors: Akst, Daniel
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: SEL031000, SEL026000, SEL014000
ISBN: 9781101559307, Related ISBNs: 0143120808, 1101559306, 1594202818, 9780143120803, 9781101559307
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 320
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: " 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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