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The Road to Character Paperback – 26 Apr 2016
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The Road to Character feels particularly pertinent to some immediate issues right now: the level of public cynicism about politicians and "experts", witnessed in the catastrophic EU referendum, or the bland managerialism that is replacing discussion about the core values of our educational system (Rowan Williams New Statesman)
Profound and eloquent . . . written with moral urgency and philosophical elegance (Andrew Solomon, author of 'Far From the Tree')
A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin . . . worth logging off Facebook to read it (Oliver Burkeman Guardian)
Everyone concerned about the good life should read this book (Tim Montgomerie The Times)
A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story . . . In the age of the selfie, Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint, self-erasure and self-suspicion (New York Times Book Review)
[Brooks] emerges as a countercultural leader . . . The literary achievement of The Road to Character is inseparable from the virtues of its author . . . The highlight of the material is the quality of the author's moral and spiritual judgments (Michael Gerson Washington Post)
About the Author
David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and frequent broadcaster. His previous books include the bestsellers The Social Animal and Bobos in Paradise. His New York Times columns reach over 800,000 readers across the globe.
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The book not only shows how character was defined in those great people but shows how struggle and hardship may help us to improve character and focus more on our inner character and understand ourselves and our failings more and how to improve these.
A good easily readable book that is both informative in a scholarly sense but also helps to give deep insight into our own short comings as a society and as individuals.