The Social Animal

The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

Audiobook CD - 2011
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David Brooks reveals that success isn't all about money and fame, but about quality of life and the ability to provide for others. Here, listeners will discover that the most important aspects of success are often taken for granted.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307739001
Branch Call Number: 305.513 BRO
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 960 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Morey, Arthur


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Aug 01, 2018

I felt that the most interesting and rewarding part of the book was the first half which told about the main characters' upbringing, education and social situation and how it shaped their take on life. I skimmed over the latter part of the story about what they did after they became adults.

Feb 06, 2015

David Brooks works at some think tank or stink tank [Brookings, I believe, where Robert Rubin established the Hamilton Project, the group working to privatize EVERYTHING] and also has a position with the Koch brothers-financed PBS News Hour.

Mar 16, 2012

In his new book David Brooks illustrates the social sciences through the lives of two fictional characters, Harold and Erica, who grow up, fall in love and build a life together. It's not a novel and it's not a textbook in the traditional sense. I expected the fictional storyline to get in the way of the book I really wanted to read but I was surprise by how much I enjoyed that particular plot device.

The greatest point I took away from the The Social Animal is probably how irrational we often are as humans. Entire industries are built around the notion of humans acting rational most of the time and it simply isn't true. That same irrationality is also what gives our lives that unique flavor of unpredictability.

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