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Book Review: 'Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength'

Book Review Title: "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength" Author: Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney Publisher: Penguin, 2012; 304 pages; $16 When I sat down to read the latest book from research psychologist Roy Baumeister and New York Times science writer John Tierney, "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength," I thought I'd read it in the context of what the rest of the world was thinking and saying on the subject. In my own lifetime, I reflected, I had seen a vast spectrum of thought on the topic, from my dad's U.S. Marine Corps-influenced tendency to set and reach goals with little more than willpower, to my generation's Oprah-influenced tendency to believe that willpower might not even be a thing, so to speak. So, as I'm wont to do with all essential and existential stalemates needing breaking, I Googled it. What is most telling is not so much what the research said, but what Google used to auto-fill my search. I t...

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