April 13, 2015 The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."
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December 11, 2012 Gift books should be special: arrestingly visual, deeply felt, quirky, comprehensive, important. We've combed the shelves to bring you several such suggestions, guaranteed to put a sparkle in the eyes of any big reader.
January 4, 2012 Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns with a new book, while mystery writer Rosamund Lupton makes a gripping debut. In nonfiction, New York Times columnist David Brooks and geopolitical strategist George Friedman look at how history unfolds, while Condoleezza Rice writes for young readers.
September 8, 2011 Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
March 8, 2011 David Brooks' The Social Animal combines neuroscience with philosophy to uncover the secrets of happiness. The Longevity Project draws long-life lessons from an 80-year study of 1,528 10-year-olds. Finally, an all-black crew explores whiteness on an expedition to – where else? – Antarctica in the wickedly satirical Pym.
David Brooks writes an op-ed column for The New York Times and is a regular commentator for All Things Considered. He grew up in New York City and now lives in Bethesda, Md.
March 7, 2011 "If you mention the word love at a congressional hearing, they look at you like you're Oprah," David Brooks says. But new research has convinced the New York Times writer that to make truly effective public policy, you have to see the emotional and social connections behind the numbers.
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March 4, 2011 David Brooks examines the age-old pursuit of happiness in his book The Social Animal, which follows a pair of fictional adults throughout their conveniently instructive lives. Using the characters as mouthpieces, Brooks uses a range of philosophy, humor and research to explore the human unconscious.
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