#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER aI 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.aaDavid 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 arAcsumAc virtuesaaachieving wealth, fame, and statusaand our aeulogy virtues, a 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 worldas 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. aJoy, a David Brooks writes, ais a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else. But it comes.a Praise for The Road to Character aBrooksas giftaas he might put it in his swift, engaging wayais for making obscure but potent social studies research accessible and even startling. . . . A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story . . . In the age of the selfie, Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint, self-erasure, and self-suspicion.aaPico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review a[Brooks] emerges as a countercultural leader. . . . The literary achievement of The Road to Character is inseparable from the virtues of its author. As the reader, you not only want to know about Frances Perkins or Saint Augustine. You also want to know what Brooks makes of Frances Perkins or Saint Augustine.aaMichael Gerson, The Washington Post aOriginal 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.aaUSA Today aThere is something affecting in the diligence with which Brooks seeks a cure for his self-diagnosed shallowness by plumbing the depths of others.aaRebecca Mead, The New Yorker aIf you want to be reassured that you are special, you will hate this book. But if you like thoughtful polemics, it is worth logging off Facebook to read it.aaThe Economist From the Hardcover edition.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER aI 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.aaDavid Brooks With the wisdom, humor, ...
|Title||:||The Road to Character|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2015-04-14|