Elite (Social sciences)
Jan 7, 2013 — In a new book, Civil War historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution. Integral to the Union's victory, he says, were the nearly 200,000 black soldiers who enlisted.
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 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.
Oct 21, 2008 — Journalist Helene Cooper fled her home country of Liberia as a young woman when civil war erupted in 1980. She details the journey that took her back to Liberia in her memoir, The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood.
Oct 6, 2008 — Author David Rothkopf explains why he believes the current financial crisis may have "greater and more lasting ramifications" than the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. His op-ed, "9/11 Was Big. This Is Bigger," appeared Sunday in The Washington Post.