The Second Mountain

The Second Mountain : The Quest for a Moral Life

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Are you on your first or second mountain?
Is life about you - or others?
About success - or something deeper?

The world tells us that we should pursue our self-interest: career wins, high status, nice things. These are the goals of our first mountain. But at some point in our lives we might find that we're not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want the things that are truly worth wanting.

This is the second mountain.

What does it mean to look beyond yourself and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence - to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to value intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom? In The Second Mountain David Brooks explores the meaning and possibilities that scaling a second mountain offer us and the four commitments that most commonly move us there: family, vocation, philosophy and community. Inspiring, personal and full of joy, this book will help you discover why you were really put on this earth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 35mm | 611g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241400635
  • 9780241400630
  • 10,119

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The book overall, candid about the reality of stress and failure in the author's life, has earned the right to put forward with equal candour the experience of finding, or being found by, faith. -- Rowan Williams * The New Statesman * Across more than 300 pages of heartfelt prose, Brooks reworks [the meaning of life] into a neat story . . . Brooks' willingness to be "a little vulnerable" results in a refreshing honest confession . . . There's no top-of-the-mountain moment . . . just a friendly, gentle nudging toward the conclusion that real joy lies in moral commitment. * The Irish Times * Enormously comforting and galvanising ... a better way to live Brooks's best book yet ... Powerful ... His stirring new book is a self-help guide to escaping the prison of self. -- Oliver Burkeman * The Observer, 'Book of the Day' * Potentially life-changing lessons can be found in this relevant and thought-provoking book. * Booklist *
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About David Brooks

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and frequent broadcaster. His previous books include the bestsellers The Social Animal and Bobos in Paradise. His New York Times columns reach over 800,000 readers across the globe.
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