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Happiness: A History by Darrin M. McMahon

- Abstract

You’d have to be a little crazy to attempt writing a book like this one. Although happiness is a subject of central importance to our existence, and a matter of irrepressibly consuming interest, many of the most reliable truths about it inevitably come across as flat and trite, if not embarrassingly childish. Surely, we think to ourselves, this elusive thing we all pant after cannot have been captured in a Hallmark card or in the lyrics of a country-western song. That would be too much to bear.

About the Author

Wilfred M. McClay, who holds the SunTrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, contributed “Is Conservatism Finished?” to the January COMMENTARY. His latest book is Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past.