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Book Title: We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess|
The author of the book: Daniel Akst
Edition: Penguin Press
Date of issue: January 6th 2011
ISBN 13: 9781594202810
Format files: PDF
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We Have Met the Enemy is a rather in-depth analysis of the excesses in our modern society and how we got to this point. I was intrigued by this book as soon as I heard about it. For the most part, this was an interesting book, but it was a little dry at times. The in-depth study of our excessive lifestyle was much more than I was expecting. There was a great deal of interesting information, but at the same time there was a bit too much and I found myself skimming parts to get to the more interesting parts.
I did like the author's sarcastic and humorous writing style. I was nervous about some of the content, especially when I saw on the inside book flap the sentence stating that "Freedom is dangerous". I found that statements like that in this book are just part of the author's sarcastic ways. If you ask me, freedom is only dangerous to those who don't know how to handle it, which is pretty much what this book is about. I had some trepidation while venturing into the chapter called Government and Self-Government. But, I liked when the author said, "One way the government might protect us, paradoxically, is to expose us fully to the consequences of our actions, no matter how terrible." That is pretty much my stance on this society we are living in. I have chosen to eat right and not spend tons of money I don't have. I didn't need the government to tell me that. The author does proceed to say some things that I don't entirely agree with, but I just don't want to fill this review with all of that.
Overall, this book is pretty good. It's not quite what I was expecting, but I did learn a few things and I did learn that I am grateful to have some amount of self control and firm values that really do seem to be missing these days.
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Read information about the authorA 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, the Christian Science Monitor, Civilization, Technology Review, the Washington Monthly, and on both public radio and television. His first book, Wonder Boy (Scribners), chronicled the eye-popping ZZZZ Best fraud perpetrated by teenage entrepreneur Barry Minkow, and was named one of the 10 best of 1990 by Business Week. He is also the author of The Webster Chronicle published by BlueHen in October 2001.
Akst is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who spent 13 years in Los Angeles before moving to the Hudson Valley, where he lives with his wife and two sons.