The Road to Character (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) by David Brooks

The Road to Character (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)

Book Title: The Road to Character (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)

Publisher: Large Print Press

ISBN: 1594139377

Author: David Brooks


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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 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 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 ric