He explores the development of inner character and a true calling in life to Adam II behaviors by examining the lives and character development of Frances Perkins and her stance for workers rights after the Triangle Shirt Factory fire, Ida Stover Eisenhower who sought an education and her son Dwight and what led to Ike’s fortitude and ultimate success, Dorothy Day and her work with the dwonload and poor tbe Catholic Worker, George Catlett Marshall and his logistical planning during WWII, A.
He is, in short, a near-ideal public commentator for this paper and for many other media outlets because he is happy to sacrifice complexity and nuance in order to spin a hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story that sounds far less shrill and ad hominem than most of the polarizing rants of the day. Definitely worth a read One thing is for certain: I hope it will come through soon. However, in the cases for which I had read something about prior to the book – for example Eisenhower, Perkins, and Augustine — the actual life stories are hugely complicated and the profiles come across more rough summaries than full biographies.
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The Road to Character by David Brooks
Especially for social conservatives, yoked with a sense of moral obligation to the larger society, they must feel an especial impulse to intervene, to stand athwart the downhill slalom they perceive society following, and holler “Stop! These are the values of economic man — Adam 1. Parents may deny it –but ‘conditional’ charactdr is lurking in the shadows –producing fear. You are living your life and then you get knocked off course—either by an overwhelming love, or by failure, illness, loss of employment, or twist of fate.
What is clear to me is that neither resumes nor eulogies seem like good models for identifying virtues that will be valuable for achieving self-discipline and internal balance.
I think the philosophy he puts forward and the examples of people he cites will not all be for everyone they didn’t all hit the mark for me. Thank you to Random House for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I tye it as a series of brief biographies about basically interesting people. I wanted to like this book. Each of the people Brooks highlights in his book as examples of taking the road to character are flawed, as we all are at one point while listening my husband turned to me and said “Is this a book about people with good character or bad character?!
‘The Road to Character,’ by David Brooks
He suggests that finding and beginning and pursuing this outside goal may lead to satisfaction and happiness when focus on oneself cannot. Claudius has character, old fashioned character. In this book David Brooks gives what might be considered the longest, and best, commencement speech ever.
I can understand that I’m part of the New Jim Crow, and I don’t have to deny that I’m part of it; I’m sure that I feel the extent of my own failures every time I characfer on a Black Lives Matter armband and have failed to agitate, work, etc.
To be candid, both of these sets of values are also intended for specific audiences and are not intended as reflecting the authenticity of an individual.
‘The Road to Character,’ by David Brooks – The New York Times
And I rather disliked the condescending tone of the book. I’m sure dedicated trend-watchers must view reality TV, political scandals, and the eternal Kim-n-Kanye peep show with unalloyed dismay. The stumbler doesn’t aim for joy.
He just wants to “punish” the “guilt” of the “older generation. Those who do not share his political views or who do not agree with his overarching premise will likely find the entire book maddening. The feeling is older than dirt.
Comparing resumes and eulogies does not seem to shed much light on the values and character traits of interest to Brooks. The biographical sketches are superb.
The framework is not helpful. He ends his book with a look at our current society and how technology has shaped our idea of self and character. There is abundant wealth in the great stories of history, but the past does not have a monopoly on wisdom or virtue.