Feb 23, 2012 — The Social Animal — David Brooks' exploration of human nature — sits at No. 8.
Jan 4, 2012 — Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns with a new book, while mystery writer Rosamund Lupton makes a gripping debut. In nonfiction, New York Times columnist David Brooks and geopolitical strategist George Friedman look at how history unfolds, while Condoleezza Rice writes for young readers.
Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 29, 2011 — Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Hutus involved in the Rwanda genocide called Tutsis cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals. In Less Than Human, David Livingstone Smith explains how dehumanizing people makes us capable of atrocious acts.
Mar 8, 2011 — David Brooks' The Social Animal combines neuroscience with philosophy to uncover the secrets of happiness. The Longevity Project draws long-life lessons from an 80-year study of 1,528 10-year-olds. Finally, an all-black crew explores whiteness on an expedition to - where else? - Antarctica in the wickedly satirical Pym.
Mar 7, 2011 — "If you mention the word love at a congressional hearing, they look at you like you're Oprah," David Brooks says. But new research has convinced the New York Times writer that to make truly effective public policy, you have to see the emotional and social connections behind the numbers.
Mar 4, 2011 — David Brooks examines the age-old pursuit of happiness in his book The Social Animal, which follows a pair of fictional adults throughout their conveniently instructive lives. Using the characters as mouthpieces, Brooks uses a range of philosophy, humor and research to explore the human unconscious.
Dec 14, 2009 — Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind.
Oct 14, 2009 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Tad Friend's new memoir Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor.