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Each year, 800,000 to one million men, women, and children kill themselves; and the number of unsuccessful attempts is ten to twenty times that toll. Jennifer Michael Hecht's Stay shows how philosophers, theologians, and writers since ancient times have grappled with issues about self-destruction. She notes that since the Enlightenment, earlier religious edicts against suicide have been replaced or mitigated by calls for individual decision-making. Hecht herself makes a detailed philosophical and moral case against that ultimate act.