The Road to Character

The Road to Character

Large Print - 2015
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"#1 New York Times bestselling author David Brooks, a controversial and eye-opening look at how our culture has lost sight of the value of humility - defined as the opposite of self-preoccupation - and why only an engaged inner life can yield true meaning and fulfillment"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, [2015]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410482785
1410482782
Characteristics: 625 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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mattclute
Apr 04, 2017

Not a great book. Expected a much different read. Highly recommend Dr. Henry Cloud's book titled "Integrity" over this one.

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jackzelda
Jan 27, 2017

David Brooks should stick to radio where he is articulate and his columns which are focused.

In the book, he takes a pompous, preachy, presumptuous, prudish tone using a lot of psychobabble. He has one good idea and expands it into a scattered book, when a column talking about the duality of character would have sufficed.

Don't waste your time. It led to a very spirited discussion in our book club because we couldn't say enough about how bad it was! And several of us are David Brooks fans!

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D_Johnston1
Sep 13, 2016

Probably one of the worst nonfiction books I've ever seen. That people are impressed by the three source sub-undergrad level profiles is remarkable enough. That people so consistently praise the pretentious and repetitive prose? That's stupefying. I suspect that much of the praise comes from people who enjoy wagging their fingers at the kids these days and think that Brooks gives them some veneer of objectivity. Either that or they're simply in awe of the great man writing it, because nothing in this book warrants the praise it's received.

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theCobras
Apr 29, 2016

This book is an inspiring, challenging classic. Character is presented as the most important priority in a person's life. The book highlights thrlives of figures in history who have suffered to develop character.

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caowenhong
Apr 10, 2016

I chose this book for self improvement. Brooks used great figures from the history as the examples to explain the road to character. Although it is inspiring to read about great historical figures but it also made it hard for me to relate my road to character.

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okieman
Mar 01, 2016

A very good contemporary guide to this topic. *Not* the typical preachy tone that bogs down many books about character. The author's style is idiosyncratic and can vary from eloquent to vaguely clunky, but not enough to distract readers.

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fbindel
Aug 31, 2015

Just OK. A few quotables. Seems to reach out to those of his readers, listeners, viewers, part of a mainstream eddying in the backwaters of apathy and quietism. Otherwise, preaching to the choir. Worth a skim.

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writermala
Aug 09, 2015

I was intrigued by this book just reading the blurb. The mention of "Resume Values" vs. "Eulogy Values," grabbed me hook, line, and sinker.
Seeing how much the definition of "character" has changed over the years, it is indeed a monumental task that David Brooks has undertaken in this book.
Brooks uses great figures from history to illustrate his points and often quotes from their lives or works. This makes for some very colorful prose such as "Large angels take a long time unfolding their wings, but when they do they soar out of sight."
We need to ask ourselves the tough questions like who we are and balance our resume lives and our eulogy lives. Then and only then can we attain joy; for joy is not something you can aim for it is a byproduct that comes when you are aiming for something else.
Not an easy read by any means but worth reading.

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library8449
Jul 07, 2015

Star Gladiator, your analysis of David Brooks' book is full of such anger, which appears to be the result of extreme left radicalism. How can you live with such hatred in your heart?

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20500001054712
Jun 15, 2015

I am looking forward to reading this book by David Brooks who comments weekly on the PBS Newshour. I like his thinking although I don't always agree with his politics.

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elainemorrison
Aug 18, 2016

A person does not choose a vocation. A vocation is a calling. People generally feel they have no choice in the matter. Their life would be unrecognizable unless they pursued this line of activity.

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