The Denial of Death

By Ernest Becker
Read by Raymond Todd

11.77 Hours 06/26/2005 unabridged
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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 the “why” of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man’s refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than thirty years after its publication. The Denial of Death was the last book Dr. Becker published before his premature death in 1974. His insightful and powerful ideas are sure to last for generations.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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 the “why” of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie: man’s refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than thirty years after its publication.

The Denial of Death was the last book Dr. Becker published before his premature death in 1974. His insightful and powerful ideas are sure to last for generations.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure.” New York Times Book Review
“The Denial of Death is a great book—one of the few great books of the twentieth or any other century.” Albuquerque Journal Book Review
“It is hard to overestimate the importance of this book; Becker succeeds brilliantly in what he sets out to do, and the effort was necessary.” Chicago Sun-Times
“A magnificent psycho-philosophical synthesis which ranks among the truly important books of the year. Professor Becker writes with power and brilliant insight.” Publishers Weekly
“There are no sound effects, nor is there any crackle of dialogue, but I listened five times. Never strident or hectoring, Raymond Todd has a voice you can enjoy, even when you don’t yet quite understand.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Dr. Ernest Becker

Dr. Ernest Becker (1924–1974) received a PhD in cultural anthropology from Syracuse University. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State College, and Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and a foundation that bears his name, The Ernest Becker Foundation.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 11.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English