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Description - The Social Animal by David Brooks

This is a book about success and how it happens, told through the fictionalised story of a couple, Harold and Erica, representative of you and me. Brooks follows their story from birth to old age and explores the forces that expand and limit their choices in life. Following their progress, he explores everything that influences human development in the 21st century - why our interest and passions develop, how we decide whom to marry, why emotion trumps IQ, and how the vast power of the unconscious, where most of the mind's work takes place, plays such a fundamental role in the choices we make.

Through this captivating fable of modern life, Brooks shows us that the current thinking on how to improve society - from education to equality to creating a functional workplace - is all too often based on a false view of human nature.

The Social Animal culminates in a broad vision of society that emphasizes trust over individualism, social mobility over the status quo, and, ultimately, human character over human calculation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781780720371
ISBN-10: 1780720378
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 126mm x 42mm)
Pages: 576
Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Brooks

David Brooks has millions of readers worldwide from his New York Times column. His influence has only grown since the publication of his book Bobos In Paradise. In a recent profile, New York Magazine called him the essential columnist of our time. He lives with his family in Washington DC.

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