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 ; Holland, OH. : Distributed by Midwest Tape, p2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780307739001
0307739007
Branch Call Number: CDB 305.5130973 B7914S 2011
CDB 305.5130973 B7914S 2011
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Morey, Arthur

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StarGladiator
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.

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danielestes
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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