The Portuguese began exploring the west coast of Africa shortly before Christopher Columbus was born; and
no sooner did they encounter negroes than they began to seize and carry them in captivity to Lisbon. The court
chronicler Azurara set himself in 1452, at the command of Prince Henry, to record the valiant exploits of the
negro-catchers. Reflecting the spirit of the time, he praised them as crusaders bringing savage heathen for
conversion to civilization and christianity.
This is not a normal diet book, and I am not a normal
diet book author.
I’m not a doctor. Nor am I a nutritionist, psychologist,
sports hero, gourmet chef, or any of the other
vocations that seem to qualify people to tell you how to
I’m an engineer by training, a computer programmer
by avocation, and an businessman through lack of alternatives.
From grade school in the 1950’s until 1988 I
was fat—anywhere from 30 to 80 pounds overweight.
This is a diet book by somebody who spent most of his
Even though most psychological studies of motivated behavior have not
paid much attention to the realm beyond control and rationality, our
everyday lived experience reminds us of its importance. Consider how we
describe, in both everyday and poetic language, our most deeply engag-
ing experiences. We are “swept away” in a passionate relationship. We
“fall” in love as if pulled by an inexorable force. Intense films or books
grip us; great ideas seize us; laughter infects us. As new...