The Road to Character

road to characterMembers of the Class of 2019 have been given copies of The Road to Character (Random House, 2015) by David Brooks to read over the summer. In The Road to Character, Brooks challenges readers to rebalance the scales between “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and “eulogy virtues”: kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. Brooks cites some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders–including Dwight Eisenhower and Dorothy Day–to demonstrate how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and the bestseller, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, among other titles. He will address the Class of 2019 at Boston College on Sept. 10, part of an annual tradition called First Year Academic Convocation. Brooks discusses his book in this interview on CBS This Morning. Washington Post book review.

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