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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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  • ISBN 13: 9780143120803
  • ISBN 10: 0143120808
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 303
  • Size: 8.45" l x 5.55" w x 0.75" h

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