- 出版社: Penguin (2016年4月26日)
- 平装: 320页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 9780141980362
- 条形码: 9780141980362
- 商品尺寸: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- 商品重量: 236 g
- ASIN: 0141980362
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The Road to Character (英语) 平装 – 2016年4月26日
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)
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.
I was grateful for the multiple vignettes on various men and women who found themselves on their path to maturity and ultimately character. It was difficult to follow the theme at times, but that was part of the charm of this book — I found myself getting immersed in each real-life story.
The author returns often to the Protestant ethic...one that believes we are inherently flawed and cannot be made whole on our own. I share this ethic, but I was disappointed how forceful the author was at pointing it out (too often). It would have been more effective to allow the reader to arrive at these concepts on his/her own.
The last chapter effectively summarizes the author’s intent, that pride is the root of all that undermines character, and humility is the root of the development of it.
I highly recommend this book to any student of moral development. While morality is can be found on many paths, this one quote from the book is the common denominator:
“Character is built in the course of your inner confrontation. Character is a set of dispositions, desires, and habits that are slowly engraved during the struggle against your own weakness.”