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The Second Mountain

The Quest for a Moral Life

By David Brooks
19-minute read
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The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks

The Second Mountain (2019) poses an age-old question: What’s the secret to living a joyful, meaningful and fulfilling life? David Brooks provides a provocative answer that rubs against the grain of present-day society: reject individualism and the almost totally unrestricted personal freedom it promises, and embrace a life of service to other people instead.

  • Professionals feeling a lack of fulfillment in their careers   
  • Individuals feeling a lack of joy in their lives
  • Citizens feeling a lack of connection in their societies

David Brooks is a center-right columnist for the New York Times, where he writes about politics, culture and society. He is the author of multiple best-selling books, including The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. He is a regular commentator on The PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Meet the Press. He also teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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