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The Denial of Death


Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500
Mark A

I Bought This for My BFF

by Mark A on Jan 30, 2014

My childhood friend, with whom I've been best friends since we we 18 months old, is going through what he calls "gut-wrenching anxiety." He lost a sister and his father last year to death, and never sufficiently processed these losses. I have been a psychotherapist for 30+ years, and Becker's book is an important contribution to our understanding of the ubiquity of 'death anxiety' in our lives, and how greatly it affects most people in almost everything they do. I recommend it highly.


would I dare recommend?

by tcroyle on Mar 7, 2011

Wow. This is a bewildering psychological treatise on man's fear of death and the behaviors that the awarenessof mortality begets. I think for any student of psychology, this would be a must read. For a mere mortal like me, their were nuggets found here and there that were very valuable; most of the book was enlightening, but partswere beyond my level of interest, if not my level of comprehension. In truth, I would have to use this book as a springboard for much more indepth study in order to grasp even a fraction of the insight it reveals. I have some friends to whom I would never consider recommending this book (I listened to audio version - very well done), but there are others who are curious enough about why we are the way we are who just might find it life changing. To them I will pass it along.


last chapter worth it

by Jessicareim on Mar 6, 2008

If you can get the book cheap enough to warrant just reading the last chapter, i would recommend it. The book was too "text-booky" for my preference, but he did pull together some interesting insights in the last chapter.


Book was not new

by ecuedu on Jan 31, 2008

I thought I was ordering a new book, but when I received the book it was clear that the book was not new. Although it was plastic wrapped and the cover and pages do not appear worn; the pages are an almost dark yellow. I was disappointed because just looking at the pages one can plainly see that the book is very old.

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The Denial of Death

This book was listed by President Bill Clinton as one of the most important books he'd ever read. Woody Allen used it in Annie Hall. During the split up scene Dianne Keaton holds up the book and says "all the books with death in the title are yours".. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for it. I read ... Read more

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