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OK, but doesn't fulfil its promises,
This review is from: The Social Animal: A Story of How Success Happens (Paperback)
This is an interesting and at times fun book, although it is flawed through excessive use of research. It could've been completed in half as many pages, and I get the impression reading it that David Brooks was desperate to bulk out his word count! His research is detailed in great depth unneccessarily, sometimes leaving me thinking "why did you have to put this in?!" His points would've stood up without it and it spoils the story.
Add to this that the book was supposed to be about 2 people, which starts off well, who then disappear off the face of the earth to be replaced by their son, the preposterously named Harold (who would call their son Harold in the 21st Century?) and Erica. Brooks goes on to describe their lives, wandering often aimlessly through a mass of stereotypes, over generalisations, completely losing the plot of Harold & Erica quite frequently, and slips in a bit of level 1 & 2 consiousness theory.
You may pick up a few things from this book by the end, but overall it singularly fails to deliver on its clever back-cover marketing, as it is not the happiest story I have ever read by far. It has moments of genius but overall fails to fulfil its potential.