With unequaled insight and brio, David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bobos in Paradise, has long explored and explained the way we live. Now, with the intellectual curiosity and emotional wisdom that make his columns among the most read in the nation, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica--how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature. A scientific revolution has occurred--we have learned more about the human brain in the last thirty years than we had in the previous three thousand. The unconscious mind, it turns out, is most of the mind--not a dark, vestigial place but a creative and enchanted one, where most of the brain's work gets done. This is the realm of emotions, intuitions, biases, longings, genetic predispositions, personality traits, and social norms: the realm where character is formed and where our most important life decisions are made. The natural habitat of The Social Animal. Drawing on a wealth of current research from numerous disciplines, Brooks takes Harold and Erica from infancy to school; from the "odyssey years" that have come to define young adulthood to the high walls of poverty; from the nature of attachment, love, and commitment, to the nature of effective leadership. He reveals the deeply social aspect of our very minds and exposes the bias in modern culture that overemphasizes rationalism, individualism, and IQ. Along the way, he demolishes conventional definitions of success while looking toward a culture based on trust and humility. The Social Animal is a moving and nuanced intellectual adventure, a story of achievement and a defense of progress. Impossible to put down, it is an essential book for our time, one that will have broad social impact and will change the way we see ourselves and the world.
David Brooks wurde 1961 in Toronto, Kanada, geboren und wuchs in New York auf. Nach dem Geschichtsstudium begann er seine journalistische Karriere bei der Washington Times und arbeitete unter anderem als Auslandskorrespondent des Wall Street Journal und als Senior Editor für den Weekly Standard, ehe er 2003 zur New York Times wechselte. Heute ist er die konservative Stimme der Times und einer der populärsten Kolumnisten der USA. Brooks ist Autor mehrerer Bücher.
**NEW YORK TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER** 'Mr. Brooks is at his best as a social observer... his talent for capturing the way we live now is truly impressive. Brooks surveys a stunning amount of research and cleverly connects it to everyday experience - several passages made me think that Brooks had been glancing through my own windows.' Wall Street Journal 'Brooks's layman's tour through the science-sparked revolution in consciousness is an enjoyably thought-provoking adventure.' Boston Globe 'A fascinating study of the unconscious mind and its impact on our lives'The Economist 'An uncommonly brilliant blend of sociology, intellect and allegory' Kirkus Reviews 'David Brooks has a very different background to most psychology and popular science writers. In the United States he is a revered and reviled political commentator whose twice-weekly op-ed columns for the New York Times are so influential that, as this deadline nears, he will often receive a call from the White House to find out if they should be worried.' The Observer