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Philosophy. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success????résumé virtues???and our core principles.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST
 
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.
Looking to some of the world??s 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 Character
??A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story.???The New York Times Book Review
??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
??A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin.???The Guardian

??Original and eye-opening . . . Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell, culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an idea
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David Brooks is a far better writer than I knew. The book is a collection of well-written short biographies of a number of people (such as Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall, Frances Perkins, George Elliot, etc) describing the trials and tribulations they endured that allowed them to build character and achieve deserved prominence. A final chapter summarizes the biographies and describes some of the commonality of the experience of the subjects.

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  rscottm182gmailcom | Mar 12, 2024 |
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 “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and 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 world’s 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.


I will admit that some chapters rang truer than others in regards to the biographical examples. I really didn't connect with Eisenhower and a couple others. Some started strong and then became weaker. Some went the other direction of weak to strong. I think this is a reflection of my own preference. My preference were those sections regarding Montaigne, Saint Augustine, Frances Perkins, Eisenhower's mother, George Eliot, George C. Marshall, and A. Philip Randolph. Eisenhower and Bayard Rustin didn't make any positive impression on me.

The final chapter did a good wrap. I will be thinking on Mr. Brooks' argument for distinction between Adam I and Adam II for some time. I couldn't help but reflect on Ecclesiastes as I read this book. Many of his arguments and point can be summed up in that one book of the Bible... one of my favorites. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
While I do admire the amount of research David Brooks must have put into writing this book, I simply do not agree with his conclusion. And I rather disliked the condescending tone of the book. Thanks for the advice Dave, but no thanks. I've found my own road to character and it suits me just fine. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
I discovered this book when I heard the author speak at an educator conference. Before the talk I was somewhat of a skeptic, but the ideas expressed were intriguing enough that I ordered the book. For me, it has been the right book at the right time in my personal journey. I have read some negative reviews on this book that criticize the author pointing to shortcomings in his personal life that sounded to me like snarky gossip attacking the messenger rather than the message. The very nature of these negative reviews revealed that they missed the message of this book. Character and virtue are qualities we never fully attain, we will always fall short. But if we keep striving to overcome our shortcomings and our misguided views as to what matters, we move closer to being a person of character. The goal is to continually seek to be better than we were before. Reading about influential figures from history who struggled with the same things I do, brings a certain comfort and renewed motivation. ( )
  docsmith16 | Jan 16, 2023 |
I disagreed with a couple of his choices but his prose makes it hard to justify my disagreement. This. This was good. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Philosophy. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success????résumé virtues???and our core principles.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST
 
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.
Looking to some of the world??s 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 Character
??A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story.???The New York Times Book Review
??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
??A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin.???The Guardian

??Original and eye-opening . . . Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell, culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an idea

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