In this 1997 book, the author of the bestselling _The Road Not Taken_ addresses the issues of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Though always thoughtful and sensitive, and sometimes a little crusty (he tells people who bug him about his dependence on alcohol and tobacco, "Sometimes it is better to walk with crutches than not to walk at all"), Peck's argument appears to come down to: growing and learning often involve suffering, and to cut short suffering is to "short-circuit God." But what if God allows, even wants, us to face death on our own terms, as well? A useful, if not terribly convincing book, especially if you live in the one state to have legalized physician-assisted suicide, as I do, and have seen that it seems to be working just fine.
This report prepared by David Loftus