We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess

Daniel Akst

We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess
  • Format
  • Publisher
  • Country
  • Published
  • Pages
  • ISBN

We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess

Daniel Akst

A witty and wide-ranging investigation of the central problem of our time- how to save ourselves from what we want. Freedom is dangerous. Half of all deaths in America, for instance, come from overeating, smoking, drinking too much, failing to exercise, and other deadly behaviours that we indulge in against our own better judgement. Why are we on a campaign of slow-motion suicide? While temptations have multiplied, like fast-food outlets in suburbia, crucial social constraints have eroded. Tradition, family, church, and ideology have lost much of their capacity to circumscribe behaviour, while financial limits, once a ready substitute for thrift, were swept away by surging affluence and the remarkable open-handedness of lenders (a confluence that recently ended in tears). The result is a world that puts more pressure that ever on the ‘self’ in self-control, sorely testing the limits of human willpower. We Have Met the Enemy is a brilliant and irreverent search for answers that delves into overeating, overspending, procrastination, anger, addition, wayward sexual attraction, and most of the other homely transgressions that bedevil us daily in a world of freedom, prosperity, and technological empowerment. Using self-control as a lens rather than a cudgel, Akst draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire - and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly toward the wants we most want for ourselves. ‘You wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from reading this book! Daniel Akst is among the sharpest, most perceptive writers of this generation.’ - Gregg Easterbrook, author of Sonic Boom

This item is not currently in-stock. It can be ordered online and is expected to ship in 3-7 days

Our stock data is updated overnight, and availability may change throughout the day for in-demand items. Please call the relevant shop for the most current stock information. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Sign in or become a Readings Member to add this title to a wishlist.