The Second Mountain

The Second Mountain

The Quest for A Moral Life

Book - 2019
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"Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The bestselling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world." -- From Amazon.com summary.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780812993264
0812993268
Branch Call Number: 302 B7914S 2019
Characteristics: xxxiii, 346 pages ; 25 cm

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HerrickDL_Laura Jan 09, 2020

Brooks explores the path to living a happy and fulfilling life through personal narrative and social research. He argues that a meaningful life requires strong personal relationships and a shift away from self- serving individualism.

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dirtbag
Nov 11, 2019

A strangely personal book where he chooses to expose himself, his revelations, and his thought without hiding. It is obvious this book is deeply meaningful to him and he leaves it and himself open for public judgement, whether good or bad. To me it is like reading Wendell Barry. I have not had the spiritual revelations Barry or Brooks seem to have had, so I just don't get it. I do, however, acknowledge that the two of them have been lucky to have gotten to the understandings that they seem to have reached.

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writermala
Oct 05, 2019

A huge disappointment. I wanted the book to be more colloquial and anecdotal. Instead it was very heavy reading. The one thing I got out of it was that I should not mentally be reviewing any book as I read it. This puts me in an analytical frame of mind and does not let me enjoy the book.The core theme of the book is to help you fall through the egocentric desires and plunge down into the substrate where your desires are mysteriously formed.I'm not sure if the book did this for me.

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mmaizels1
Aug 26, 2019

The harsh comments are about who he is or has been rather than about the book. I understand he is a conservative and I dont share that political POV. But the first few chapters are so full of great quotes from others that I find the book transformative.

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StarGladiator
May 17, 2019

"David Brooks is one of the nation's leading writers and commentators."
Huh???? Says who!!!!!!?????
He's a parasite with a stink tank, Brookings, founded by ultra-war profiteer and American traitor [check out where the vessel which sunk the Lusitania originated from], Andrew Carnegie!

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fred98115
May 16, 2019

Uneven book. Brooks suggests that there are two mountains we can climb: happiness based on what life gives us - and inward focus - and joy, what we give to others through a life of service via commitments to family, vocation, faith and community. Autobiographical. Strongest chapters are about faith.

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camilogv
May 14, 2019

This book is hilarious when you realize he left his wife for a woman much younger than him and then tries to write a book on morality. Insanity to enjoy this seriously, any close reading will see the deep pathological hints at play.

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6474
Apr 17, 2019

So looking forward to reading DavidBrooks book

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