Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me

By Andrew Santella

"Well-researched...[Soon] argues that in many cases eminent figures have done great work while putting off work they were supposed to be doing. Procrastination might, for some people, be part of innovation and the creative process." -- Wall Street Journal

A fun and erudite celebration of procrastination

An entertaining, fact-filled defense of the nearly universal tendency to procrastinate, drawing on the stories of history's greatest delayers, and on the work of psychologists, philosophers, and behavioral economists to explain why we put off what we're supposed to be doing and why we shouldn't feel so bad about it.

Like so many of us, including most of America's workforce, and nearly two-thirds of all university students, Andrew Santella procrastinates. Concerned about his habit, but not quite ready to give it up, he set out to learn all he could about the human tendency to delay. He studied history's greatest procrastinators to gain insights into human behavior, and also, he writes, to kill time, "research being the best way to avoid real work."

He talked with psychologists, philosophers, and priests. He visited New Orleans' French Quarter, home to a shrine to the patron saint of procrastinators. And at the home of Charles Darwin outside London, he learned why the great naturalist delayed writing his masterwork for more than two decades.

Drawing on an eclectic mix of historical case studies in procrastination--from Leonardo da Vinci to Frank Lloyd Wright, and from Old Testament prophets to Civil War generals--Santella offers a sympathetic take on habitual postponement. He questions our devotion to "the cult of efficiency" and suggests that delay and deferral can help us understand what truly matters to us. Being attentive to our procrastination, Santella writes, means asking, "whether the things the world wants us to do are really worth doing."



    RELATED ARTICLES

NEW RELEASES: Business Books to Watch in March

Posted March 5, 2018, 11:15 AM with category of Publishing Industry
These are the books we'll be digging further into in March. Read more




    SHARE THIS
Embedicon
 
9780062491589
eBook

  Choose a format

Price: $20.79/ea
LIST PRICE: $25.99

Bulk Hardcover Non-returnable Discounts
Quantity Price Discount
1 - 24 $20.79 20%
25 - 99 $18.19 30%
100 - 499 $16.89 35%
500 - 999 $16.37 37%
ISBN: 9780062491589

About the Hardcover

Publisher Dey Street Books
Publish date 03/13/2018
Pages 208
ISBN-13 9780062491589
ISBN-10 006249158X
Language English

Need 1000 or more?

Additional discounts may be available for print books. We also offer pricing for RETURNABLE orders. Please call 1-800-236-7323 or email us to request a quote.