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I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it David Brooks With the wisdom humor curiosity and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways In The Social Animal he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together Now in The Road to Character he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me which emphasizes external success Brooks challenges us and himself to rebalance the scales between our r sum virtues achieving wealth fame and status and our eulogy virtues those that exist at the core of our being kindness bravery honesty or faithfulness focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed Looking to some of the world s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders Brooks explores how through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations they have built a strong inner character Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that... she could be an instrument in a larger cause Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint Dorothy Day a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender Civil rights pioneers A Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade Blending psychology politics spirituality and confessional The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth Joy David Brooks writes is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else But it comes Praise for The Road to Character David Brooks s gift as he might put it in his swift engaging way is for making obscure but potent social studies research accessible and even startling The Road to Character is a hyper-readable lucid often richly detailed human story In the age of the selfie Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint self-erasure and self-suspicion Pico Iyer The New York Times Book Review A powerful haunting book that works its way beneath your skin The Guardian U K David Brooks the New York Times columnist and PBS commentator whose measured calm gives punditry a good name offers the building blocks of a meaningful life in The Road to Character Washingtonian Four Books Washingtonians Should Be Reading This Month Brooks author of The Social Animal offers biographies of a cross section of individuals who struggled against their own weaknesses and limitations and developed strong moral fiber He offers a humility code that cautions against living only for happiness and that recognizes we are ultimately saved by grace Booklist Engrossing Brooks s poignant and at times quite humorous commentary on the importance of humility and virtue makes for a vital uplifting read Publishers Weeklymore
This 1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
A remarkable history with elements of both In the President s Secret Service and The Butler The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House from the Kennedys to the Obamas America s First Families are unknowable in many ways No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day Full of stories and details by turns dramatic humorous and heartwarming The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids butlers cooks florists doormen engineers and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion s 132 rooms 35 bathrooms 28 fireplaces three elevators and eight staircases and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners Over the course of the day they gather in the lower level s basement kitchen to share stories trade secrets forge lifelong friendships and sometimes even fall in love Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research Kate... Andersen Brower tells their story She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon s resignation and President Clinton s impeachment battle The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House more
Learn the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits and earn up to thousands of dollars more each year with expert advice that you can t get anywhere else Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits You could try reading all 2 728 rules of the Social Security system and the thousands of explanations of these rules but Kotlikoff Moeller and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy to understand and user-friendly style What you don t know can seriously hurt you wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year How many retirees or those nearing retirement know about such Social Security options as file and suspend apply for benefits and then don t take them Or start stop start start benefits stop them then re-start them Or just as important when and how to use these techniques Get What s Yours covers the most frequent benefit scenarios faced by married retired couples by divorced retirees by widows and widowers among others It explains what to do if you re a retired parent of dependent children disabled or an eligible beneficiary who continues... to work and how to plan wisely before retirement It addresses the tax consequences of your choices as well as the financial implications for other investments Many personal finance books briefly address Social Security but none offers the thorough authoritative yet conversational analysis found here You ve paid all your working life for these benefits Now get what s yours more
In Being Mortal bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times transforming birth injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable But in the inevitable condition of aging and death the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit Nursing homes preoccupied with safety pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs Hospitals isolate the dying checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot Doctors committed to extending life continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering Gawande a practicing surgeon addresses his profession s ultimate limitation arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families Gawande offers examples of freer more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even... to the end providing not only a good life but also a good end more
In 2000 Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt Since then they ve earned over 130 million Where did the money come from Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs Now Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws In Clinton Cash he follows the Clinton money trail revealing the connection between their personal fortune their close personal friends the Clinton Foundation foreign nations and some of the highest ranks of government Schweizer reveals the Clinton s troubling dealings in Kazakhstan Colombia Haiti and other places at the wild west fringe of the global economy In this blockbuster expos Schweizer merely presents the troubling facts he s uncovered Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced filled with headline-making revelations Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests and ultimately of fitness for high public office
For more than sixty years the rock-solid time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century Learn Three fundamental techniques in handling people The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer a stark powerful meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape Missoula Montana is a typical college town with a highly regarded state university bucolic surroundings a lively social scene and an excellent football team the Grizzlies with a rabid fan base The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012 Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities In this Missoula is also typical A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110 000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year Krakauer s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator This is especially true if the victim is sexually active if she had been drinking prior to the assault... and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press If the case goes to trial the woman s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America In addition to physical trauma its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame emotional paralysis and stigmatization PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50 higher than soldiers returning from war In Missoula Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula the nights when they were raped their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath the way they were treated by the police prosecutors defense attorneys the public vilification and private anguish their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them Some of them went to the police Some declined to go to the police or to press charges but sought redress from the university which has its own non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute One case led to a conviction one to an acquittal Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media on Grizzly football fan sites and or to their faces The university expelled three of the accused rapists but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing She later left the prosecutor s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies star quarterback in his rape trial The horror of being raped in each woman s case was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community Krakauer s dispassionate carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous or drunk or send mixed signals or feel guilty about casual sex or seek attention They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken more
In the summer of 2010 photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to at present count over twelve million In 2013 his book Humans of New York based on that blog was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks Now Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for Humans of New York Stories Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York the dialogue he s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth intriguing and moving as the photos themselves Humans of New York Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs with a rich design and most importantly longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he s photographed astonish you all over again next fall
Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will become filled with grace peace and unconditional love