Frank Schirrmacher: Ego. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, Society & culture)


The game of life

Original Title: Ego

Hardcover with jacket, 352 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-89667-427-2
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: February 18, 2013
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Rights sold to: China (China Machine Press), Hungary (Göncöl), Italy (Codice), Korea (Woongjin), Spain (Ariel), Turkey (Asi Kitap),UK (Polity)

Frank  Schirrmacher - Ego


How human beings have been programmed for egoism and greed

This is the story of manipulation: sixty years ago, the theoretic model of a human being was developed by the military and by economists. An egoistic creature geared only to achieving its goals to its own advantage and getting the better of others – a modern Homo economicus. After a career in the Cold War this model went on to conquer everyday life in the 21st century. Stock exchanges are now geared to this creature, human beings likewise. The model has turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy; a new social monster made up of egoism, distrust and fear has taken root; it can't help but suspect the worst in others; and nothing said means what it sounds like. People have been relieved of the responsibility of making their own decisions, and the great game of life carries on without us.

In his revolutionary new book, Frank Schirrmacher has traced the path of this monster and makes it clear that the unintentional results of its game could be the end of democracy as we know it.

Over 1 million copies of Frank Schirrmacher's books sold in Germany.

"This book reads like a sociological mystery novel."

Ulrich Beck, Die Welt (16.02.2013)


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