Magazine June 22, 2015, Issue

The Pursuit of Virtue

The Road to Character, by David Brooks

The author of this book kicks off with the ostentatious claim that “I wrote it, to be honest, to save my own soul.” I merely read it, so I don’t know how this repetitious, over-explained, quotation-stuffed cri de coeur affected my soul, but I do know what plowing through it did to my corporeal self. According to my tombstone, “Now she belongs to the pages.”

David Brooks is a leading member of the punditry who writes a column for the New York Times, teaches at Yale, has published several successful books, and is a regular guest on public radio’s All Things

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