Thorndike Press

The Road to Character

  • David Brooks
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  • ISBN-10: 1594139377
  • ISBN-13: 9781594139376
  • DDC: 170
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 624 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released September 2016
  • Bestsellers



A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, David Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues” — achieving wealth, fame, and status; and our “eulogy virtues” — kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, Brooks provides us an opportunity to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.


Customer Reviews

“The road to exceptional character may be unpaved and a bit rocky, yet it is still worth the struggle. This is the basic thesis of Brooks’s engrossing treatise on personal morality in today’s materialistic, proud world. . . . [His] poignant and at times quite humorous commentary on the importance of humility and virtue makes for a vital, uplifting read.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Brooks, author of The Social Animal, offers biographies of a cross section of individuals who struggled against their own weaknesses and limitations and developed strong moral fiber. . . . [He] offers a humility code that cautions against living only for happiness and that recognizes we are ultimately saved by grace. ”

— Booklist