Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess


This book is a call to arms for us to exercise more self-control against all the temptations that constantly surround us — and enable us to be happier and healthier.

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By Daniel Akst
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.
320 pages. Softcover. 2012.


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