When did we stop connecting with other people? David Brooks argues that we can only solve our crisis of meaning at an emotional and moral level.
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.
Potentially life-changing lessons can be found in this
relevant and thought-provoking book. * Booklist *
Paraphrasing TS Eliot, Brooks writes that the chief illusion of modern politics is "that you can build a system so perfect that the people in it do not have to be good". This powerful book, Brooks's best to date, may be especially valuable to those convinced they don't need it. -- Oliver Burkeman * The Observer, 'Book of the Day' *
Across more than 300 pages of heartfelt prose, Brooks reworks [the meaning of life] into a neat story . . . Brooks' willingness to be "a little vulnerable" results in a refreshing honest confession . . . There's no top-of-the-mountain moment . . . just a friendly, gentle nudging toward the conclusion that real joy lies in moral commitment. * The Irish Times *
The book overall, candid about the reality of stress and failure in the author's life, has earned the right to put forward with equal candour the experience of finding, or being found by, faith. -- Rowan Williams * The New Statesman *