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3.99920454545455 out of 53.99920454545455 out of 53.99920454545455 out of 53.99920454545455 out of 53.99920454545455 out of 5 4.00 (1,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest Becker Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katy Budget Books | 2/19/2014

    " Richard says: This is the best book I've ever read, and I revisit the pages at least once a year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Troy | 2/18/2014

    " Becker distills the field of psychoanalysis - obviously Freud, Kierkegaard, Jung and less obviously Otto Rank - into the sweeping thesis that all of human endeavor is, per the title, merely a distraction from the awareness of mortality. Religious and sexual angst aplenty. Some really great summer beach reading here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shinta | 2/17/2014

    " the basic problem of being human is human condition: fear of life, fear of death, fear of annihilation. I started reading to find some answers how to cope with the grief of losing my mother to cancer. I ended a changed person, never again will I think about life and death like I used to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Combs | 2/5/2014

    " Most insightful book I've ever read. "

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