Living in the land of the free can come with a price – each year, close to a million American lives are lost due to, no, not car accidents or disease, but behaviors like over-eating, smoking, and drug and alcohol consumption. That amounts to half of all the deaths in this country annually. In other words, we are our own worst enemies. In, We Have Met the Enemy, journalist and author Daniel Akst explores the importance of and battle toward moderation in an age and country in which nearly any desire is instantly at our fingertips. Patt sits down with Akst to discuss his book and thoughts on why moderation can be such a challenge.
Daniel Akst, journalist who’s written for the LA Times, New York Times, and Slate; author of Wonder Boy, St. Burle’s Obituary, and most recently, We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess