“The Second Mountain” by David Brooks

David Brooks, author of The Second Mountain, is a journalist after my own heart.

In his latest, extraordinary book, Brooks weaves his own responses to life’s unexpected experiences together with those of scientists and philosophers. Brooks offers meaningful insights about how he rebounded after toppling off the first mountain of life by choosing service to others over self.

After reaching the pinnacle of what may have appeared to be “success” on that first mountain of life, you might be thrown some kind of a curve ball—a death, divorce, job termination—or something else. Brooks believes it is at that point that we have an opportunity to examine what really matters—how we can make conscious contributions to a world starved for community building.

I believe that his book has been of great benefit in helping me define the greater mission I seek. To be of service to others is a pathway toward self-renewal. With that in mind, I look forward to reviewing and sharing a collection of books from which I have gained knowledge and insight. My Book Club List also marks a partnership with Andy Hunter, founder and CEO of Bookshops.org, a dream in the making that is helping thousands of independent booksellers to survive in these times of uncertainty.

“You can be broken… or you can be broken open.”

“The people that are broken turn angry and resentful. There’s a great phrase that I love, ‘Pain that is not transformed gets transmitted.’ You lash out at others.”

Brooks speaks about the The Second Mountain in the following CBS interview…

In 2003, David Brooks became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. You may hear him on NPR’s “All Things Considered” or NBC’s “Meet the Press” as a regular commentator. His other books include Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, or his third book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, a No. 1 New York Times best seller. The Second Mountain is his most recent book. He teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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