The Road to Character

By | June 23, 2019
The Road to Character Author David Brooks
ISBN-10 0812983416
ISBN-13 9780812983418
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it David Brooks With the wisdom humor curiosity and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways In The Social Animal he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together Now in The Road to Character he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me which emphasizes external success Brooks challenges us and himself to rebalance the scales between our rsum virtuesachieving wealth fame and statusand our eulogy virtues those that exist at the core of our being kindness bravery honesty or faithfulness focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed Looking to some of the worlds greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders Brooks explores how through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations they have built a strong inner character Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self expression but considered self restraint Dorothy Day a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender Civil rights pioneers A Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self discipline the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade Blending psychology politics spirituality and confessional The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth Joy David Brooks writes is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else But it comes Praise for The Road to CharacterA hyper readable lucid often richly detailed human story The New York Times Book Review David Brooksthe New York Times columnist and PBS commentator whose measured calm gives punditry a good nameoffers the building blocks of a meaningful life Washingtonian This profound and eloquent book is written with moral urgency and philosophical elegance Andrew Solomon author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon The voice of the book is calm fair and humane The highlight of the material is the quality of the authors moral and spiritual judgments The Washington Post A powerful haunting book that works its way beneath your skin The Guardian U K This learned and engaging book brims with pleasures NewsdayOriginal and eye opening At his best Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an idea bigger than the sum of its parts USA TodayThere is something affecting in the diligence with which Brooks seeks a cure for his self diagnosed shallowness by plumbing the depths of others Rebecca Mead The New YorkerFrom the Hardcover edition

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