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The Road to Character

David Brooks

#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 "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. 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 dept

#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 "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. 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 dept
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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 "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. 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 dept

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

12h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:42


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:22


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:51


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:23


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:25


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:32


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:32


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:33


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:11


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:12


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:35


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:19


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:51


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:51


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:50


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:19


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:22


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:14


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:41


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:32


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:36


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:32